A fictionalized movie account based on the first, class action sexual harassment lawsuit in American History – Jenson Vs Eveleth Taconite Co.
The movie stars Charlize Theron and a host of other talented actors. Josey Aimes (Theron) flees with her children from her abusive husband and goes to live with her parents. Her father does not approve of this straining their relationship. The relationship is strained further when Josey joins the same mining company where her father works. He believes that women cannot be in jobs which are more “appropriate” for men. This line of thought is adopted by most men working in the mine. As a result, women workers endure continuous harassment from male employees – hostile behaviour, abusive language, threats, intimidation, oral and physical harassment.
At her wit’s end for being judged by her past by all males including her father, Josey decides to file a class action suit against the mining company regarding such harassment. Initially only one friend joins her. The lawyers hired by the mining company pull out every personal detail and information about these women. They argue that these women are resorting to “histrionics” and judge their character by highlighting the ‘promiscuous’ past behaviour. In Josey’s case, her first child was born out of wedlock to an unknown person and this information strains the relationship with her son as well.
The liability case filed in 1992 closes in 1996 with the defence lawyers offering compensation on an average of $ 10,000 to these women. However, an appeal was filed in 1996 against this and the case reopened. For a case that began in 1988, a new trial for liability compensation commenced in 1997. In 1998, just ahead of the trial, 15 women were compensated a whopping $ 3.5 million women who faced incessant harassment at workplace. A true story of triumph against gender bias nd sexual harassment. The movie was nominated in several categories for prestigious awards.