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Authors: Clara Bingham and Laura Leedy Gansler

Title: Class Action

Subtitle: The Story of Lois Jenson and the Landmark Case that Changed Sexual Harassment Law

Place: New York, NY

Publisher: Doubleday

Year: 2002

Pages: 390pp.

ISBN-10: 0385496125 – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century | American History: U.S. History | Cases: Victims / Lois Jenson; Types: Sexual Harassment, Workplace Sexual Violence



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Description: »A petite single mother, Lois Jenson was among the first women hired by a northern Minnesota iron mine in 1975. In this brutal workplace, female miners were relentlessly threatened with pornographic graffiti, denigrating language, stalking, and physical assaults. Terrified of losing their jobs, the women kept their problems largely to themselves—until Lois, devastated by the abuse, found the courage to file a complaint against the company in 1984. Despite all of the obstacles the legal system threw at them, Lois and her fellow plaintiffs enlisted the aid of a dedicated team of lawyers and ultimately prevailed. Weaving personal stories with legal drama, Class Action shows how these terrifically brave women made history, although not without enormous personal cost. Told at a thriller’s pace, this is the story of how one woman pioneered and won the first sexual harassment class action suit in the United States, a legal milestone that immeasurably improved working conditions for American women.« (Source: Doubleday)


Barry, Bill. Labor Studies Journal 29(3) (Fall 2004): 103-105. – Full Text: Project MUSE (Restricted Access)

Hart, Melissa. »Litigation Narratives: Why Jensen v. Ellerth Didn't Change Sexual Harassment Law, But Still Has a Story Worth Telling.« Berkeley Women's Law Journal 18 (2003): 282-303. – Full Text: EBSCOhost (Restricted Access), HeinOnline (Restricted Access)

Wikipedia: History of the Americas: History of the United States / History of the United States (1980–91), History of the United States (1991–present) | Sex crimes: Sexual harassment | Sexual harassment in the United States: Jenson v. Eveleth Taconite Co.