Grace and Grit

Grace and Grit

My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond

eBook - 2012 | 1st ed
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In 1998, after the author had spent 19 grueling years working at a Goodyear plant, an anonymous note showed her that she made 40 per cent less than her male counterparts. So began her decade-long legal battle for equal pay, a story she tells movingly and frankly. After a hardscrabble childhood in a small Alabama community, she knew a job at the nearby Goodyear plant meant lifelong financial stability. In 1979 as a manager there, she found men reluctant to take orders from a woman, and faced blatant sexual harassment (a performance review ended with a solicitation). She tried to take it in stride, but the stress took a mental and physical toll. Goodyear continually transferred her between departments, citing poor performance, but failed to produce evidence when she requested it. After discovering the anonymous note, she filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, leading to her landmark discrimination lawsuit under Title VII and the Equal Pay Act. While she lost the case on appeal (a decision upheld by the Supreme Court), the experience prompted her to become a spokesperson for equal pay. In January 2009, President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act, a satisfying coda to this inspiring tale.
Publisher: New York : Crown Archetype, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307887931
Branch Call Number: DOWNLOADABLE eBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (279 p.) : ill
Additional Contributors: Isom, Lanier Scott


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May 21, 2018

A well-told autobiographical tale of one of Goodyear's first female managers: her struggles to succeed in a very male workplace where she's not particularly wanted. She finds allies as well as enemies, and works out the stresses in her young marriage to nurture a good relationship with her husband. The first half of the book focuses on her rough upbringing and family ties, while the second covers what happens as she turns to the EEOC for help, her depositions, grueling court case(s), and her success. Unequal pay is an issue Americans can get behind in ensuring a fair deal for all.

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