Class Action

  • by Clara Bingham, Laura Leedy Gansler
  • Narrated by Gabrielle De Cuir
  • 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When the local iron mine began hiring women in 1975, Lois Jenson, a single mother on welfare, didn't think twice about accepting the grueling but well-paid job. What she hadn't considered was that she was entering a male-dominated society that fiercely resisted the inclusion of women, a prejudice born out in the brutal harassment of every female miner. Relentlessly threatened with pornographic graffiti, denigrating language, stalking, and physical assaults, the women largely kept quiet for fear of losing their jobs, until Lois, devastated by the abuse, found the courage to file a complaint in 1984. From Jenson's first day on the job, through three intensely humiliating trials, to the emotional day of the settlement, this is the thrilling story of how one woman pioneered and won the first sexual harassment class action suit in the United States.


What the Critics Say

"Riveting, assiduously well-reported....A useful reminder of the emotional and psychological cost of waging even the most successful-and justified-lawsuits." (New Yorker)
"Bingham and Gansler have come up with mesmerizing, complex portraits of the participants in a beautifully paced narrative....Impeccable." (Washington Post)


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Customer Reviews

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A great reason to hate the legal system.

While the story is obviously one sided, it is hard to imagine a reason that could validate what these woman went through. That is was not resolved until just a few years ago is amazing.

The story of the first class action sexual harassment case in the US is intriguing and will infuriate you as the details of what these woman were subjected to unfolds. They were victimized by coworkers, management, their union, attorneys and even judges. Whatever they won could not begin to repay them for the mental anguish and health issues they suffered.

A listen worth your time.
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- Ron

Riveting account of some very strong women

Both the book and the narration are very good! This is a riveting story of the troubles encountered by the first women workers in a northern Minnesota mine in the 1970s and 80s. The narration is excellent and the pace of the book is more like a well-done novel than a work of history. I highly recommend.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-28-2005
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.