Charlize Theron 's character wears baggy workman's clothes, a helmet and goggles obscure her refined features, but her beauty remains only slightly dimmed by the grime of the mine where she works in "North Country," a recently released film inspired by the true story of a landmark sexual harassment case. Pretty or not, friendly or not, female employees weren't welcome at northern Minnesota's Eveleth Mines during the late s and '80s--as their male co-workers made painfully clear. The women were groped, propositioned, subjected to obscene language, deliberately exposed to hard-core pornography and physically attacked.
Innearly half the women in the United States had paying jobs, but most women worked for low pay. Women were waitresses, clerks, and cleaning ladies. Less than five percent of lawyers were women.
Lourenco Goncalves pulled her onto his lap, groped her and sucked on her ear inside his office suite. But copies of several documents, including the employee's complaint and a copy of the settlement agreement, are exhibits filed in a subsequent legal battle between Metals USA and its insurance company, which refused to cover the claim. The case went largely unnoticed until earlier this year when a user uploaded images of several documents from the case on Cleveland-Cliffs's Wikipedia page.
I n the boxes of memorabilia that Lois Jenson keeps of her life as a miner there is a photograph showing a slim blonde woman almost completely obscured by grimy coveralls, hard hat, goggles and an innovation all her own: a bulky waistcoat. The extra layer was meant to provide protection not from industrial accident - but from her fellow miners. In her years down the mine in Eveleth, Minnesota, Jenson was repeatedly threatened, humiliated, groped, stalked and assaulted until she and 20 other women miners went to court and won a landmark sexual discrimination lawsuit.
The New York Times ran an obituary this week for a Minnesota native and successful lawyer. Though this attorney had won many cases securing equality, fairness and non-discrimination in the workplace, the Times spent most of its time describing just one: the class action suit brought by a miner, Lois Jensen, on behalf of her female co-workers against Eveleth Taconite on the grounds of sexual harassment. Paul C.
Jenson v. Eveleth Taconite Co. Jenson first began working at the site in March and along with other women, endured a continuous stream of hostile behavior from male employeesincluding sexual harassment, abusive language, threats, stalking and intimidation.
Class Action. One is inclined to appreciate a book whose subtitle also serves as a solid introductory sentence to a book review. Over the next few years, as mandated, the number of female miners gradually increased.
After winning a ground-breaking, sexual-harassment lawsuit against their employer, women miners fight for compensation. December 17, A placid town of 4, on northern Minnesota's Mesabi Iron Range, it is a place where people greet each other by the first name in the Miners National Bank, where the strongest passions are reserved for hockey and hunting, and where nearly everyone works at the same place - Eveleth Mines, an erector-set of chutes and shafts on the outskirts of town.
Lois Jenson was employed at the Forbes plant when it was Eveleth Mines, before it closed and reopened under new ownership. Lois Jenson, pictured here infiled the first class action sexual harassment lawsuit in against Eveleth Mines. The case, which also established the hostile work environment, helped changed the landscape for workplace sexual harassment.
In a series of cases spanning more than a decadeJenson became the first person to ever win a class-action sexual harassment lawsuit in the U. With four family members already working in the industry, Jenson knew mining work was tough work before she applied for the job in She was a single mother who had the opportunity to make a much higher paycheck than the one she took home from her minimum wage credit union job. She took the opportunity.