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- DescriptionTitle VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act may have outlawed sex discrimination, but it did t address the sexual harassment of women in the workplace - behavior that courts did t deem illegal until well into the era of the modern civil rights and women's movements. Mechelle Vinson's lawsuit against her employer, Meritor Savings Bank v. Vinson (1986), changed all of that. Adopting the legal theory pioneered by feminist Catharine MacKinn that sexual harassment was indeed discriminatory, the Supreme Court's opinion, authored by one of the most conservative justices, brought the problem of sexual harassment into the spotlight and placed power relations between men and women at work squarely on the public agenda. Plaintiff Vinson claimed that she had submitted to the unwanted sexual advances of her supervisor in order to hold onto her job. Although her supervisor denied her charges and the bank he worked for disavowed any kwledge of misbehavior, her suit finally reached the Supreme Court after six years of litigation, where a unanimous Court determined that the creation of a hostile work environment through sexual harassment was a form of sex discrimination.
- Author BiographyAugustus B. Cochran III is professor of political science at Agnes Scott College and is associated with the Atlanta law firm of Stanford Fagan. He is the author of Democracy Heading South: National Politics in the Shadow of Dixie, published recently by Kansas.
- Author(s)Augustus B. Cochran
- PublisherUniversity Press of Kansas
- Date of Publication30/04/2004
- SubjectNational Law: Professional
- Series TitleLandmark Law Cases and American Society
- Place of PublicationKansas
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity Press of Kansas
- Weight313 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine19 mm
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