Title

Rewrite of Meritor Savings Bank v. Vinson, 477 US 57 (1986)

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

2017

Editor(s)

Kathryn M. Stanchi, Linda L. Berger & Bridget A. Crawford

ISBN

9781316411254

Publisher

Cambridge University Press

Language

en-US

Abstract

Meritor v. Vinson marks the first time the U.S. Supreme Court recognized hostile work environment sexual harassment as a violation of Title VII. It held that sexual harassment is not limited to quid pro quo harassment, where a woman is fired or financially punished for refusing a supervisor's sexual demands. Sexual harassment that is severe or pervasive enough to alter the conditions of employment and create an abusive working environment also violates Title VII. Although feminists welcomed Meritor's recognition of quid pro quo and hostile environment sexual harassment, the decision written by Justice Rehnquist has proved problematic for plaintiffs. Professor Angela Onwuachi-Willig, writing as Justice Onwuachi-Willig, rectifies many of these problems in her feminist judgment.

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