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Sexual harassment of working women : a case of sex discrimination

Author: Catharine A MacKinnon
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©1979.
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A comprehensive legal theory is needed to prevent the persistence of sexual harassment. Although requiring sexual favors as a quid pro quo for job retention or advancement clearly is unjust, the task of translating that obvious statement into legal theory is difficult. To do so, one must define sexual harassment and decide what the law's role in addressing harassment claims should be. In Sexual Harassment of Working  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Catharine A MacKinnon
ISBN: 0300022980 9780300022988 0300022999 9780300022995
OCLC Number: 3912752
Performer(s): ISBN 0-300-02299-9 Pbk: £3.75.
Description: xiv, 312 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction ---
2. Women's work ---
3. Sexual harassment : the experience ---
4. Sexual harassment cases ---
5. Legal context ---
6. Sexual harassment as sex discrimination ---
7. Conclusion.
Responsibility: Catharine A. MacKinnon ; foreword by Thomas I. Emerson.

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A practicing attorney views the sexual harassment of working women as a pervasive social problem and presents a legal argument that it is discrimination based on sex.  Read more...

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