Jenson v. Eveleth Taconite Co.

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This case, the first sexual harassment class action to reach federal court, determined whether the person appointed to determine the damages owed to the victims of a workplace sexual harassment case committed legal errors in his discovery report.

Full Case Titile: 

Jenson v. Eveleth Taconite Co., 130 F.3d 1287 (8th Cir. 1997)
  • Fairness in the Courts
  • Workplace Equality and Economic Empowerment

Year: 

1997
  • Authored Amicus Brief

Brief: 

This case was the first sexual harassment class action to reach federal court. The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals determined that the Special Master appointed to determine the damages owed to victims of workplace sexual harassment committed legal errors in his discovery report; specifically, he claimed that the plaintiffs had the burden of proving that sexual harassment caused them mental harm, yet he refused to allow the plaintiffs any expert testimony to prove their emotional harm. The Eighth Circuit remanded and required a new jury trial. The case was eventually settled with $3.5 million awarded to the plaintiffs.

Amicus Brief

Opinion