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.
11/25/2014 Marissa Alexander Has Accepted a Plea Deal - Marissa Alexander, the woman imprisoned for firing a warning shot in the presence of her abusive husband, chose to accept a plea deal Monday with the state of Florida, pleading guilty to three felony counts of aggravated assault.
As part of the plea deal, Alexander received three years imprisonment, but she will be credited for the time she's spent behind bars. . . .
11/24/2014 The City of Louisville Has Overwhelmingly Approved a CEDAW Resolution - The city of Louisville, Kentucky approved a resolution that will use the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) as a framework for all future policy aimed at ending gender-based discrimination.
Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh introduced the resolution, which passed overwhelmingly on November 6. . . .