WASHINGTON (Oct. 2) — The U.S. Supreme Court has scheduled Nov. 27 to hear oral arguments in a case in which a former Goodyear employee claims pay discrimination against the tire makers.
Lilly M. Ledbetter, who held various production-line and supervisory positions at the Goodyear plant in Gadsden, Ala., between 1979 and 1998, claimed her history of salary reviews showed she was paid consistently less than men in the same positions at Gadsden.
The Northern District of Alabama federal court awarded her $360,000 in damages. The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed, ruling that under the 180-day limitation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act only her most recent salary reviews were relevant. The Supreme Court agreed in June to hear the case.