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Authors

Ruth Colker

Abstract

Dr. Jean Jew, an Asian American woman, is a tenured professor at the University of Iowa College of Medicine. In the 1980s, she was subjected to a relentless campaign of racial and sexual slurs because of her purported relationship with her supervisor, Dr. Terence Williams. Jew was referred to as a "slut," "bitch," "whore," and "chink, " and denied promotion to full professor.2Williams was forced to step down as Department Chair. Jew brought a Title VII claim alleging sexual harassment and gender discrimination stemming from the denial of promotion. After a decade of litigation, she prevailed on the merits in a federal district court and obtained a favorable settlement from the University.

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