On Wednesday, Alabama native and champion of equal pay policies for women, Lilly Ledbetter joined Alabama’s Democratic Senator, Doug Jones to celebrate the anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Equal Pay Act that was signed into law by President Obama in 2009.
According to a press release, “Lilly Ledbetter’s call to support Senator Jones comes as he works to champion equal pay, bring health care manufacturing jobs to Alabama and provide support for Alabama’s hospitals, businesses and families during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
It continued, “Lilly Ledbetter led the charge for equal pay for equal work when she discovered that she was making less than her male counterparts at Gadsden’s Goodyear Tire and Rubber plant. Her years-long court battle for equal pay led her to the Supreme Court and finally the White House, where President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Equal Pay Act into law in 2009. The law extends the statute of limitations for filing a complaint if a worker is being paid less for doing the same job.”
“Doug has been a strong supporter of legislation that supports equal pay like the Paycheck Fairness Act, but not only that, he’s had the back of Alabama’s workers like me and my family,” Ledbetter said.
“Doug believes that everyone should have access to a good-paying job and affordable health care, and that to deliver on this promise, we have to tear down the partisan barriers,” she continued.
“I hope y’all will join me in working to reelect Senator Doug Jones. Doug has our back and we have to have his,” she concluded.
Dakota Layton graduated from the University of Alabama in Huntsville with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. He is currently enrolled at the University of Mississippi where he is working to earn his Master of Arts in Philosophy.