A leader in #MeToo: Mechelle Vinson
Ms. Vinson pictured above sued her former employer on the grounds that sexual harassment was a form of unlawful sex discrimination prohibited by the federal statute known as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Prior to that time, the appellate courts across the land were divided as to whether harassment constituted an unlawful employment practice under Title VII...
President Lyndon B. Johnson signing Title VII into law July 3, 1964. Note Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. standing behind him amongst other dignitaries who were present on that historic day.
What happened in Ms. Vinson's case?
Ms. Vinson's court victory in 1986 led the way for many other employees and applicants to bring causes of action pursuant to Title VII for harassment.