剛剛看完 North Country - 北國性騷擾 (片名還真是平鋪直敘到頂點)

真實故事改編
1975年進入明尼蘇達州礦坑工作的Lois Jenson 我不知道為什麼電影裡把主要角色都換了名字, 真實案件中的Lois Jenson在戲裡變成Josey Aimes),她與其他女同事們必須長期忍受男同事的性騷擾,從言語上的輕薄、色情漫畫,到更有甚者。路意絲詹森忍無可忍終於在1984年挺身而出控告那些不肖份子,獲得了壓倒性的勝利。


Lois Jenson自第一天踏進這家礦坑公司到提出控告之前已經受到長達九年的不人道對待,
再從提出控告到和解前後長達十四年!
也許有人會覺得最後還拿到的三百五十萬美金很多,
但是其實十三個原訴人在這總共二十多年中的煎熬,
以及這個美國史上第一例集體性騷擾訴訟案為全世界女性所爭取到的平等對待及法律保護絶對是無價的.


以下資訊來自http://www.booknoise.net/classaction/timeline/index.html

The case of Jenson v. Eveleth Mines--all 14 years of it
March 25, 1975:
Lois Jenson reports to work at Eveleth Mines.

October 5, 1984:
Lois mails complaint to the Minnesota Human Rights Department.
A week later, her car tires are slashed.

January 1987:
the state determines probable cause and moves for conciliation,
but Ogelbay Norton Co., the Cleveland-based part owner and manager of the mine,
refuses to pay the state's request for $6,000 in punitive damages and $5,000 for mental anguish to Lois.

August 15, 1988:
Attorney Paul Sprenger files Lois E. Jenson and Patricia S. Kosmach v. Eveleth Taconite Co.
in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, asking that the suit be certified as a class action.

December 16, 1991:
U.S. District Court Judge James Rosenbaum makes legal history by permitting
Jenson v. Eveleth to proceed as the first class action ever for sexual harassment.

January 25, 1992:
Lois stops working at the mine.
She is soon diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

December 17, 1992:
The trial to determine liability begins before U.S. District Judge Richard Kyle in St. Paul.

May 14, 1993:
Judge Kyle rules that Eveleth Mines is liable for not preventing sexual harassment.
He orders the company to develop programs to educate all employees on sexual harassment.

Summer 1993:
Retired federal magistrate Patrick McNulty of Duluth is named special master
to oversee a trial to determine how much money the women should receive in damage awards.

February 15, 1994:
McNulty permits the company's lawyers to request medical records of all of the women dating from birth.
For the next six months the women are subjected to degrading grilling about their lives in long depositions.

November 7, 1994:
Pat Kosmach dies of Lou Gehrig's disease.
(就是片中介紹莎莉賽隆演的女主角的好朋友,同樣在礦坑工作,死於肌肉萎縮症)

January 17, 1995:
The first half of the trial for damages takes place in Duluth and lasts until February 10.
After a break, it resumes again on May 22 and ends June 13.

March 28, 1996:
McNulty writes a 416-page report that calls the women "histrionic,"
makes public sordid details about their private lives, and awards them each an average of $10,000.

December 5, 1997:
The Eight Circuit Court of Appeals reverses McNulty's opinion and orders a new jury trial for the damages.

December 30, 1998:
Fifteen women settle with Eveleth Mines for a total of $3.5 million on the eve of going to trial.


電影中礦坑主管給包含莎莉賽隆在內的新進女性員工一個礦坑導覽


現實生活中的Lois Jenson和North Country的海報合照


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