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Just 20 years ago in most states a woman could not sign an apartment lease get a credit rating or apply for a loan unless her husband or a male relative agreed to share the responsibility Similarly a 1965 study found that fifty one percent of men though women were temperamentally unfit for management There can be no doubt that we have progressed a long way from these ideas in the last three decades However it is also unquestionable that women in the work force are still discriminated against sexually harassed paid less than men and suffer from occupational sex segregation and fears of failure as well as fears of success We will address all of these concerns in this paper and look at some well-known court cases as illustrations In May 1989 the US Supreme Court ruled that Price Waterhouse had based its decision on unlawful sex stereotyping The decision shifted the legal burden of proof to the employer which should make it easier for employees to win future Title VII cases Experts say that the decisions main affect may be to force companies to eliminate bias in the people making important personnel decisions for them The decision was a landmark for anti-discrimination but we should not overemphasize its power Even now after a long and expensive court battle only twenty eight of Price Waterhouses nine hundred partners are women One avenue of reform which the US Supreme Court has long supported is the use of affirmative action plans On March 25 1987 the court ruled that the public transportation agency of Santa Clara County California was justified in given a road dispatchers job to Diana Joyce rather than a man Joyce scored two points lower on a test than the man did but a panel of supervisors found her to be otherwise just as qualified The decision was based on the fact that the agencys affirmative action plan met the courts three
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