Alabamian Famous for Equal Pay Suit on Obama Train

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.

Information from: The Birmingham News,

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