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

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In the coldest reaches of northern Minnesota, a group of women endured a shocking degree of sexual harassment-until one of them stepped forward and sued the company that had turned a blind eye to their pleas for help. Jenson vs. Eveleth Mines, the first sexual harassment class action in America, permanently changed the legal landscape as well as the lives of the women who fought the battle.

In 1975, Lois Jenson, a single mother on welfare, heard that the local iron mine was now ...

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In the coldest reaches of northern Minnesota, a group of women endured a shocking degree of sexual harassment-until one of them stepped forward and sued the company that had turned a blind eye to their pleas for help. Jenson vs. Eveleth Mines, the first sexual harassment class action in America, permanently changed the legal landscape as well as the lives of the women who fought the battle.

In 1975, Lois Jenson, a single mother on welfare, heard that the local iron mine was now hiring women. The hours were grueling, but the pay was astonishing, and Jenson didn't think twice before accepting a job cleaning viscous soot from enormous grinding machines. What she hadn't considered was that she was now entering a male-dominated, hard-drinking society that firmly believed that women belonged at home-a sentiment quickly born out in the relentless, brutal harassment of every woman who worked at the mine. When a group of men whistled at her walking into the plant, she didn't think much of it; when they began yelling obscenities at her, she was resilient; when one of them began stalking her, she got mad; when the mining company was unwilling to come to her defense, she got even.

From Jenson's first day on the job, through three intensely humiliating trials, to the emotional day of the settlement, it would take Jenson twenty-five years and most of her physical and mental health to fight the battle with the mining company. But with the support of other women miners like union official Patricia Kosmach and her luck at finding perhaps the finest legal team for class action law, Jenson would eventually prevail.

Clara Bingham and Laura Leedy Gansler take readers on a fascinating,page-turning journey, the roller-coaster ride that became Jenson vs. Eveleth and show us that Class Action is not just one woman's story, it's every woman's legacy.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780786173884
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2005
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 12 CDs, 15 hrs. 30 min.
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 4.98 (h) x 1.95 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2002

    Iron Mining Woes

    When women marry, bear children, become caregivers and foundations of families, manage households and bugets, attend numerous activities for their husbands and children, wash, iron, cook, clean and hold down full-time jobs, why wouldn't we ascend to great heights when we decide to take on big business and the likes of sexual harassment? I cannot applaude these women enough!! If it were not for these women there might still be this type of behavior in the workplace. Shame on the judges, courts, lawyers, management, supervisors, and the employee workforce of the mining industry of Minnesota for allowing this type of behavior in the workplace. May the thousand of men who feel the female is beneath them have the courage to read this book and honestly admit some of you need to clean up your acts. Your behavior in the home, workplace, and on the street speaks more of you than it does of the women you label with vulgar words and gestures. The books you buy and the clubs your frequent only lets us know who amongst you are the winners and losers! These women chose betterment for themselves and shame on those men who decided to take their right to work away from them through intimidation, threats, sexually explict language and pictures, and degrading them on a daily basis. I hope Minnesota has cleaned up their act in our workplaces and men truly treat women with respect and dignity when women come out to do a job! It isn't a man's world, it never was!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2002

    An eyeopener

    I was on an emotional rollercoaster when I read this book. I grew up in the area with the plant a mile to the south and the pits three miles to the north of my parents house in the country. Even though I lived in there the whole entire time the case was happening, I never heard a thing about it. I had always viewed things from the male perspective (I'm female), because it is a male dominated society there. It took leaving the area to realize how bad things really are there. It wasn't until I read this book that I understood what was going on from the the female perspective that I never had access to. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a better understanding of what is like to work in a male dominated workforce and not have your voice heard. I've cried, felt hurt, outraged and ultimately relieved. You really do feel for all the women in the case, they come to life on every page.

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