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Closeup (Women, Work and Sexual Harassment) #57983

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 13, 1979
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(Studio) Series on sexual harassment of women at work noted to continue with report on women's responses to problem. Warning given to parents of young children with regard to subject matter of report
REPORTER: Max Robinson

(Detroit, Michigan) Scene from movie "I'll Be Seeing You", courtesy United Artists, shown. Women now noted to have legal means of fighting unwanted advances from co-workers. Case of Adrienne Tomkins, former employee of Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G), given as example [TOMKINS - describes situation with boss.] Background on Tomkins' case and varied rulings on it given. Refusal of PSE&G to comment on effect of court order to company with regard to sexual harassment cases noted. Sexual harassment reported to be illegal as defined by Title VII of Civil Rights Act. Other women's cases detailed are those of: Paulette Barnes versus EPA; Mary Heelan versus Johns-Manville Corp.; Diane Williams versus Justice Department Class action suit filed by several waitresses against employer, Detroit Metro. Airport restaurant operator Michigan Host, because uniforms they must wear allegedly invite sexual advances from customers stated. [Waitress Angeline PRENTIS - describes experience.] [Waitress Judy MARENTETTE - describes experience.] [Waitress Jeanette WOJTOWICA - comments.] Problems involved in women taking sexual harassment cases to court cited. Upcoming report noted.
REPORTER: Lynn Sherr

Robinson, Max;
Sherr, Lynn

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