It's not a pretty subject--but someone has to talk about it. Sexual harassment can confront any age and any gender in the workplace, and although the majority of employers do have written policies and procedures outlining actions to take, many workers simply ignore or avoid the topic. Lawyer Boland defines it in the two legal ways--quid pro quo and a hostile work environment--then explains the corporate point of view, remedies, and legal resources. Statistics enliven a somewhat dull prose, as do the frequently asked questions in the introduction. Thorough appendixes do the preliminary legwork, featuring endnotes, addresses of U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission offices, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, state-by-state Fair Employment Practices Laws and Antidiscriminatory Enforcement agencies. A necessary reference. Barbara JacobsCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
Mary L. Boland received her law degree from John Marshall Law School in 1983. Since that time, she has worked as a legal advocate for victim's rights. She has authored legislation protecting victim's rights and has served as a consultant on projects for various public agencies. She is currently the co-chair of the Victim's Committee of the Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association and co-chair of the Victims Issues Committee of the Prosecutor's Bar Association of Illinois. She has also sat on many boards, task forces, and committees to develop better responses to sexual assault and sexual harassment victims in criminal and civil legal systems, including the Illinois Task Force on Gender Bias in the Illinois Courts, and the City of Chicago Advisory Council on Women, Violence Against Women Committee, which assisted in the preparation of sexual harassment policies and procedures for the City of Chicago.
Following are some of the books and articles Ms. Boland has authored.
--Model Code Revisited: Taking Aim at the High-Tech Stalker, American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Magazine (Spring 2005)
--Collecting Child Support (author, Sourcebooks 2004)
--Your Right to Child Custody, Visitation and Support (author, Sourcebooks Pub., 3rd Ed. 2004)
--Sexual Harassment: Your Guide to Legal Action (author, Sourcebooks 2002)
--Enhancing Prosecution Through Victim-Sensitive Interviewing, Treatment and Preparation, (chapter co-author) included in American Prosecutor's Research Institute, Prosecutor's Deskbook (2001)
--A Crime Victim's Guide to Justice (author, Sourcebooks 2nd Ed. 2001)
--Domestic Violence: A Prosecutor's Guide (author, Cook County State's Attorney's Office, 1996)
--Sexual Assault: Issues and Recommendations (expert contributor to ANew Directions, @ Crime Victims Agenda Project, U.S. Dept. of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime, 1996)
Ms. Boland is a full-time prosecutor and has been an adjunct professor at Governor's State University, Roosevelt University, and Loyola Law School in Chicago, Illinois.