Faculty Notes

Prof. Joanna Grossman’s Piece on Sexual Harassment Law Published in BU Law Review

Joanna L. Grossman, Sidney and Walter Siben Distinguished Professor of Family Law and Hofstra Research Fellow

Joanna L. Grossman, the Sidney and Walter Siben Distinguished Professor of Family Law, published “Moving Forward, Looking Back: A Retrospective on Sexual Harassment Law” in Volume 95 of the Boston University Law Review (May 2015). The piece was written as part of a November 2014 symposium on the 50th Anniversary of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The piece considers the development of sexual harassment law from the early years of putting a name to a behavior, through a turbulent adolescence that hammered out the who, what, when, where, why and how of harassment law, to the midlife crisis in which scholars criticize the law as having gone too far and not far enough.

The 50th anniversary is the perfect occasion to look back at sexual harassment law, built from scratch by courts, and making a difference in women’s lives.

Read Professor Grossman’s article (PDF).