Professor Ruth O’Brien teaches in the Political Science department at the Graduate Center of CUNY. Her new book about women and workplace discrimination uses both legal commentary and ‘story-telling’ methods to explore sexism and discrimination at work.
From the publisher’s website:
Telling Stories out of Court reaches readers on both an intellectual and an emotional level, helping them to think about, feel, and share the experiences of women who have faced sexism and discrimination at work. It focuses on how the federal courts interpreted Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Offering insights that law texts alone cannot, the short stories collected here–all but two written for this volume–help readers concentrate on the emotional content of the experience with less emphasis on the particulars of the law. Grouped into thematic parts titled”In Their Proper Place,”â€œUnfair Treatment,”â€œSexual Harassment,”and”Hidden Obstacles,”the narratives are combined with interpretive commentary and legal analysis that anchor the book by revealing the impact this revolutionary law had on women in the workplace.
At the same time, the stories succeed on their own terms as compelling works of fiction, from”LaKeesha’s Job Interview,”in which a woman’s ambition to move from welfare to work faces an ironic obstacle, to”Plato, Again,”in which a woman undergoing treatment for cancer finds her career crumble under her, to”Vacation Days,”which takes the reader inside the daily routine of a nanny who works at the whim of her employer.