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I was recently intrigued by a question in a marketing piece from one of the major carriers for employment practices liability: “Who is Lilly Ledbetter and how is she helping you sell EPLI?”

For those who don’t know, Ledbetter worked as a supervisor for Goodyear Tire from 1979 until 1998. Just before retirement, someone anonymously gave her information that compared her salary with salaries of three male co-workers.

Ensuing developments revealed that at retirement she was earning $3,727 monthly compared to 15 male co-workers who earned between $4,286 and $5,236. She sued, claiming pay discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Pay Act of 1963.

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