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Class Action
by Clara Bingham and Laura Leedy Gansler

"Powerful and chilling." --David Halberstam

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  • About the Book

    A petite single mother, Lois Jenson was among the first women hired by a northern Minnesota iron mine in 1975. In this brutal workplace, female miners were relentlessly threatened with pornographic graffiti, denigrating language, stalking, and physical assaults. Terrified of losing their jobs, the women kept their problems largely to themselves--until Lois, devastated by the abuse, found the courage to file a complaint against the company in 1984. Despite all of the obstacles the legal system threw at them, Lois and her fellow plaintiffs enlisted the aid of a dedicated team of lawyers and ultimately prevailed. Weaving personal stories with legal drama, Class Action shows how these terrifically brave women made history, although not without enormous personal cost.

    Told at a thriller's pace, this is the story of how one woman pioneered and won the first sexual harassment class action suit in the United States, a legal milestone that immeasurably improved working conditions for American women.

    "Riveting. . . A useful reminder of the emotional and psychological cost of waging even the most successful--and justified--lawsuits." --The New Yorker

    "Bingham and Gansler have come up with mesmerizing, complex portraits of the participants in a beautifully paced narrative. . . . Impeccable." --The Washington Post

    "Powerful. . . top-notch reporting. . . . Class Action is a compelling court saga and an important historical document." --Minneapolis Star Tribune

    "With the pacing of a novel, [the authors] engage the reader from the outset. . . . Fascinating." --Los Angeles Times

    About the Author

    Clara Bingham is a former White House correspondent for Newsweek and wrote Women on the Hill: Challenging the Culture of Congress. She has written for Talk, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and The Washington Monthly. She is a graduate of Harvard University.

    Laura Leedy Gansler is a lawyer specializing in alternative dispute resolution and securities law. She is a former adjunct law professor at American University. After graduating from Harvard University, Gansler received a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1989.

    About the Film

    The inspiration for the major motion picture North Country from Warner Bros. Pictures, starring Charlize Theron, Frances McDormond, Woody Harrelson, and Sissy Spacek, and directed by Niki Caro (Whale Rider).



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