Telling Stories Out of Court Narratives about Women and Workplace Discrimination

ISBN-10: 0801473578

ISBN-13: 9780801473579

Edition: 2008

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Description: "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 think, 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. To do so, this book uses fiction. 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 anchors 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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Book details

List price: $22.50
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 8/14/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 8.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Ruth O'Brien is professor of political science at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is the author of several books, including Bodies in Revolt, and Crippled Justice.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Women's Work: Writing Politics, Sharing Stories
In Their Proper Place
Dream Man
LaKeesha's Job Interview
Games Women Play
Gender Roles: Roadblocks to Equality?
Unfair Treatment
Getting Even
Trading Patients
Flint
Bad Intentions
Sexual Harassment
Plato, Again
Be Who You Are
Hwang's Missing Hand
Sexual Harassment: Gaining Respect and Equality
Hidden Obstacles
Artifact
Final Cut
Vacation Days
It's All in the Numbers: The Toll Discrimination Takes
Notes
Contributors
Index
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