WASHINGTON, D.C. — The death Sept. 18 of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg provides a chance to reflect on a high-profile case that pitted employee against employer and thrust the tire industry into the national spotlight.
It's a court battle that Lilly Ledbetter ultimately lost against Goodyear when the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in 2007 against her in her quest for equal pay.
Ms. Ginsburg's scathing rebuke in her dissenting opinion gained widespread coverage and ultimately lead to legislative action — passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act — to change federal employment laws.
"I thought my colleagues had erred — not just erred, but egregiously erred," Ms. Ginsburg said while speaking at Georgetown University Law Center in February 2020.
"The tagline my dissent in the Lilly Ledbetter case was: 'The ball is now in Congress's court to correct the error into which my colleagues have fallen.'"
Ms. Ginsburg, who died at age 87 on Sept. 18, did not mince words in her minority opinion.
"[Ms.] Ledbetter's evidence demonstrated that her current pay was discriminatorily low due to a long series of decisions reflecting Goodyear's pervasive discrimination against women managers in general and Ledbetter in particular. Ledbetter's former supervisor, for example, admitted to the jury that Ledbetter's pay, during a particular one-year period, fell below Goodyear's minimum threshold for her position," a portion of Justice Ginsburg's opinion reads.