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Labor Rights Figure Ledbetter In Colorado For Obama

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Lily Ledbetter speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Captiol June 5, 2012 in Washington, DC. Despite strong support from President Barack Obama, a bill that calls for equal pay in the workplace was blocked by Senate Republicans. Ledbetter, a supervisor at Goodyear Tire and Rubber’s plant in Gadsden, Alabama, from 1979 until her retirement in 1998, sued the company for paying her significantly less than her male counterparts. She lost her case, which went to the Supreme Court, but inspired the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Lily Ledbetter speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Captiol June 5, 2012 in Washington, DC. Despite strong support from President Barack Obama, a bill that calls for equal pay in the workplace was blocked by Senate Republicans. Ledbetter, a supervisor at Goodyear Tire and Rubber’s plant in Gadsden, Alabama, from 1979 until her retirement in 1998, sued the company for paying her significantly less than her male counterparts. She lost her case, which went to the Supreme Court, but inspired the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

DENVER (AP) – Labor rights figure Lily Ledbetter is in Colorado to campaign for President Obama.

Ledbetter attended an educator’s breakfast Saturday and the opening of a campaign office in south Denver. She is campaigning with Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Ledbetter’s name is on the first bill signed by Obama when he took office in January 2009. The Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act gives workers more time to file pay discrimination lawsuits. Ledbetter was a supervisor at a Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. plant in Gadsden, Ala., who sued her company after learning she earned less than male supervisors. She won her lawsuit, but the U.S. Supreme Court in 2007 threw out her complaint, saying she failed to sue with the 180-day deadline.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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