Telling Stories Out of Court: Narratives about Women and Workplace Discrimination

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"Few of the countless real-life stories of workplace discrimination suffered by men and women every day are ever told publicly. This book boldly and eloquently rights that wrong, going where no plaintiff testimony could ever dare because these stories are often too raw, honest, ambiguous, and nuanced to be told in court or reported in a newspaper."—from the Foreword Telling Stories out of Court reaches readers on both an intellectual and an emotional level, helping them to think about, feel, and share the experiences of women who have faced sexism and discrimination at work. It focuses on how the federal courts interpreted Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Offering insights that law texts alone cannot, the short stories collected here—all but two written for this volume—help readers concentrate on the emotional content of the experience with less emphasis on the particulars of the law. Grouped into thematic parts titled "In Their Proper Place," "Unfair Treatment," "Sexual Harassment," and "Hidden Obstacles," the narratives are combined with interpretive commentary and legal analysis that anchor the book by revealing the impact this revolutionary law had on women in the workplace.At the same time, the stories succeed on their own terms as compelling works of fiction, from "LaKeesha's Job Interview," in which a woman's ambition to move from welfare to work faces an ironic obstacle, to "Plato, Again," in which a woman undergoing treatment for cancer finds her career crumble under her, to "Vacation Days," which takes the reader inside the daily routine of a nanny who works at the whim of her employer.
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"Telling Stories out of Court combines gripping fiction with expert legal commentary to expose the law and everyday realities of workplace discrimination. This unique and wonderful collection gives voice to the experience of discrimination, while simultaneously illustrating how much the law has accomplished and how much is yet to be done."—Joanna L. Grossman, Hofstra University School of Law
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801445309
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Liza Featherstone Featherstone, Liza

Introduction Women's Work: Writing Politics, Sharing Stories Ruth O'Brien O'Brien, Ruth 1

In Their Proper Place

1 Dream Man Susan Oard Warner Warner, Susan Oard 21

2 LaKeesha's Job Interview Bebe Moore Campbell Campbell, Bebe Moore 29

3 Games Women Play Achim Nowak Nowak, Achim 34

4 Gender Roles: Roadblocks to Equality? Risa L. Lieberwitz Lieberwitz, Risa L. 40

Unfair Treatment

5 Getting Even Harriet Kriegel Kriegel, Harriet 53

6 Trading Patients C. G. K. Atkins Atkins, C. G. K. 68

7 Flint Ellen Dannin Dannin, Ellen 80

8 Bad Intentions Risa L. Lieberwitz Lieberwitz, Risa L. 90

Sexual Harassment

9 Plato, Again Stephen Kuusisto Kuusisto, Stephen 111

10 Be Who You Are Aurelie Sheehan Sheehan, Aurelie 116

11 Hwang's Missing Hand Eileen Pollack Pollack, Eileen 130

12 Sexual Harassment: Gaining Respect and Equality Risa I. Lieberwitz Lieberwitz, Risa I. 146

Hidden Obstacles

13 Artifact Catherine Lewis Lewis, Catherine 161

14 Final Cut Kristen Iversen Iversen, Kristen 176

15 Vacation Days Alice Elliott Dark Dark, Alice Elliott 192

16 It's All in the Numbers: The Toll Discrimination Takes Risa L. Lieberwitz Lieberwitz, Risa L. 198

Notes 213

Contributors 235

Index 239

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