In what may become a ground-breaking case, five women jail guards filed a sexual harassment suit against King County, WA, charging that prison officials there ignored inmates' abusive behavior toward female corrections officials and contributed to a hostile work environment for women.
The plaintiffs allege that prison inmates displayed pornographic pictures, made sexually-driven insults, and made graphic threats of rape. They fault jail administrators for tolerating the inmates' abuse and for encouraging women employees to "not take it personally" and "grow a thicker skin."
Deborah Rhode, a law professor at Stanford University and an expert in sexual harassment law, said that this unique case might help to illustrate differences in the way men and women are treated in jobs traditionally held by men. The lawsuit seeks improved work conditions for all women employees in addition to monetary damages.
9/12/2014 Violence Against Women Act Turns 20 - Saturday will be the 20th Anniversary of the groundbreaking federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
Passed in 1994, VAWA was the first piece of federal legislation to specifically address domestic violence and sexual assault as crimes and to provide federal funding to improve local response to violence against women, including training and resources for law enforcement and judges.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday issued a proclamation commemorating the VAWA anniversary. . . .
9/12/2014 Indiana Woman Charged With Feticide For Premature Delivery - An Indiana woman has been charged with feticide after she delivered prematurely and sought hospital treatment.
Purvi Patel, 33, sought help at an emergency room for vaginal bleeding where it was discovered that she had delivered prematurely at home. . . .