Stopping the Train: The Landmark Victory over Same-Sex Sexual Harassment in the Workplace


After same-sex sexual harassment turned Eddie Martin’s dream job with Norfolk Southern Railroad into a nightmare, he fought back from the brink of physical and psychological ruin and won a landmark victory for American workers.
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After same-sex sexual harassment turned Eddie Martin’s dream job with Norfolk Southern Railroad into a nightmare, he fought back from the brink of physical and psychological ruin and won a landmark victory for American workers.
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David Rouse
With Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services, the U.S. Supreme Court in 1998 broadened the legal definition of sexual discrimination to include same-sex sexual harassment. That decision was the impetus for the precedent-breaking settlement of Martin's case against the Norfolk Southern Railroad. In 1993 Martin was transferred to a new job as supervisor at a railroad service yard just outside Birmingham, Alabama. From the day he started, he was subjected to unfathomable and unrelenting harassment in the form of bullying, sexual innuendo, intimidation, and threats. Martin is not a homosexual, nor is it clear whether his aggressors even perceived him to be. Reports of the incidents to his own supervisors went unheeded, exacerbating his predicament. Martin sued, but he was told by the court that sexual discrimination laws did not apply. Martin won his suit on a technicality but the railroad dragged its feet on settling until the Oncale decision was announced. Martin's highly personal, journal-like narrative tells his wrenching but ultimately self-affirming story.
Mic Hunter
The book is detailed and graphic enough to make the issue believable, but does not sensationalize or cheapen what martin endured. Martin has written an accessible book for the man who is experiencing this form of mistreatment, his partner, and his therapist. All would benefit from reading about Mr. Martin’s ordeal.
— Mic Hunter, Ph. D., (Director, National Organization on Male Sexual Victimization, in the NOMSV Newsletter, Fall 1999.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781929175086
  • Publisher: Cote Literary Group, The
  • Publication date: 10/21/1999
  • Pages: 173
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2000

    Stopping The Train-Edwin Martin, Jr.

    I thought Mr. Martin was a remarkable man BEFORE I read his book, but I know now he is a REMARKABLE man...a man of great honor and was a true honor to me to have meet him....his book moved me from cover to cover....

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