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Nine to Five
How Gender, Sex, and Sexuality Continue to Define the American Workplace

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Barbara Babcock
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  • Date Published: August 2016
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107133365

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  • Nine to Five provides a lively and accessible introduction to the laws and policies regulating sex, sexuality, and gender identity in the American workplace. Contemporary cases and events reveal the breadth and persistence of sexism and gender stereotyping. Through a series of essays organized around sex discrimination, sexual harassment, pregnancy discrimination, and pay equity, the book highlights legal rules and doctrines that privilege men over women and masculinity over femininity. In understanding the law - what it forbids, what it allows, and to what it turns a blind eye - we see why it is far too soon to declare the triumph of working women's equality. Despite significant gains for women, gender continues to define the work experience in both predictable and surprising ways. A witty and engaging guide to the legal terrain, Nine to Five also proposes solutions to the many obstacles that remain on the path to equality.

    • Has an entertaining style that will appeal to both general and professional readers
    • Introduces readers to key rulings and developments in gender law
    • Showcases the stories of individuals involved in cases relating to sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and pay inequity
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    'If you think that gender inequality is a thing of the past, guess again. In this broad-ranging book, Joanna Grossman combines her extraordinary legal expertise about sex discrimination in the workplace with a brilliant diagnostic eye for how specific workplace practices continue to maintain an unfair and unequal playing field for women. Drawing on dozens of specific cases of mistreatment of women, Grossman shows the myriad ways in which society expects women to enter the workplace at their own risk and on someone else's terms … and be grateful for it. Many chapters, written contemporaneously with the case reported on, are followed by updates showing how the law continues to evolve or, more often than not, how it remains the same. The book epitomizes the power of concrete examples to test generalizations about how far we have come toward gender equality, and how far we have left to go.' Katharine T. Bartlett, A. Kenneth Pye Professor of Law, Duke University School of Law

    'Despite a half century of laws and policies on gender equality, the United States is a significant distance from achieving it. Nine to Five is a highly insightful and lively account of what stands in the way. Joanna Grossman brings wit, eloquence and a wealth of knowledge to the persistent problems that women confront in American workplaces. Her proposed solutions redefine the agenda in our struggle for truly equal opportunity.' Deborah Rhode, Professor of Law, and Director, Center on the Legal Profession, Stanford University

    'Joanna L. Grossman's Nine to Five offers an insightful and wonderfully readable introduction to how the law governs sex, sexuality, and gender identity in the workplace. The book makes clear that gender continues to shape the policies and practices that Americans encounter at work. Nine to Five is a valuable resource for policymakers, students, scholars, employers, and employees.' Jill Elaine Hasday, Distinguished McKnight University Professor and Centennial Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School

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    • Date Published: August 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107133365
    • length: 402 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.68kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword Barbara Babcock
    Preface
    Part I. What Is Sex Discrimination?:
    1. Sexual jealousy
    2. Too hot to be a dental hygienist?
    3. A twist on the problem of sex inequality in coaching
    4. Mixed motives
    5. Sex stereotyping and dress codes
    6. A victory for transgender employees
    7. How fast must female transit officers run?
    8. Who is protected by anti-discrimination laws?
    9. Punishing the coach who stood up for his female athletes
    10. Broader protection against workplace retaliation
    11. The Supreme Court protects retaliation victims, but still leaves gaps in the law
    Part II. Sexual Harassment:
    12. Workplace affairs and sexual favoritism
    13. Lolita at the office
    14. Sex talk in the writers' room
    15. Sex behind bars
    16. When the supervisor bullies only women
    17. The equal opportunity harasser
    18. Periodontal perils
    19. Punishing effeminacy
    20. Late night affairs with David Letterman
    21. Why Herman Cain has not been able to talk his way out of his exploding sexual harassment scandal
    22. Why hostile environment harassment is a 'continuing violation'
    23. When sexual extortion is successful
    24. The consequences of failing to complain about harassment
    25. Who is responsible for sudden, severe harassment?
    26. Chinks in the harassment law armor
    27. Do employer efforts prevent harassment or just prevent liability?
    28. Who's the boss?
    29. Costly mistakes
    30. Hands off the merchandise
    Part III. Pregnant Women and Mothers at Work:
    31. Pregnant truckers and the problem of light-duty assignments
    32. A big win for pregnant police officers
    33. Undue burden
    34. Hard labor: new pregnancy discrimination guidance from the EEOC
    35. Forceps delivery: the Supreme Court narrowly saves the pregnancy discrimination act in Young vs UPS
    36. The Pregnant Workers' Fairness Act: a time for change?
    37. The Supreme Court deals a blow to once-pregnant retirees
    38. If she don't win it's a shame
    39. Must employers who cover prescriptions cover contraception?
    40. Fertile ground for discrimination
    41. Can a woman be fired for absenteeism related to fertility treatments?
    42. Is lactation related to pregnancy?
    43. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act reaches advanced maternal age
    44. A victory for families, but hardly a panacea
    45. A small step in the right direction: the Family and Medical Leave Act at twenty
    46. 'Best practices' to promote work/family balance
    Part IV. Female Breadwinners and the Glass Ceiling:
    47. The Supreme Court slams the door on pay discrimination claims
    48. A call for congressional action to remedy pay inequality
    49. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009
    50. Taking stock: is the Ledbetter Act working?
    51. The lady in red
    52. Unfinished business
    53. Will ABA's proposed solutions for gender inequity work?
    54. Equality still elusive for women in the federal workforce
    55. 'Girlie men'
    56. Playing 'too womany' and the problem of masculinity in sport
    57. Binders for women, blinders for Romney
    Conclusion.

  • Author

    Joanna L. Grossman, Maurice A. Deane School of Law, Hofstra University, New York
    Joanna L. Grossman is the Sidney and Walter Siben Distinguished Professor of Family Law at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, New York. An expert in sex discrimination law, she has coauthored numerous books, including Inside the Castle: Law and the Family in Twentieth Century America, winner of the David J. Langum, Sr Prize in American Legal History, and Gender Equality: Dimensions of Women's Equal Citizenship.

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