BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A Jacksonville woman who was at the
center of a national debate over equal pay issues will be a
passenger on President-elect Barack Obama's pre-inaugural train
tour.

Lilly Ledbetter spoke at the Democratic National Convention last
year and is the namesake of federal legislation regarding
employment rights.

Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden will take a whistle
stop tour along the east coast before the Jan. 20 inauguration.

Ledbetter is among 40 invited guests.

She sued Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. in Gadsden for pay
discrimination but the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed the suit
because it came after the 180-day time limit, which starts after
the first unfair paycheck.

Ledbetter contends she didn't learn of the problem until much later and most employees won't either.


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