Just too sexy for promotion

The Harvard library must be a popular place

Librarian Sues Harvard Over 'Pretty' Bias
March 21, 2005 9:56 PM EST

BOSTON - A Harvard University librarian claims in a lawsuit that she has been rejected repeatedly for promotion because she is black and is perceived as just a "pretty girl" whose attire was too "sexy."

As a jury was chosen Monday to decide her federal lawsuit, Desiree Goodwin said she's been rejected for 16 jobs at Harvard since 1999, when she completed her master's degree in library science after attending night classes at Simmons College for 4 1/2 years.

Goodwin, 40, also has a master's degree in English literature, seven years of experience in the library of Boston College and another nine years as an assistant librarian at Harvard.

"I feel no matter how much education I achieved or how many contributions I made, there was nothing I could possibly do that would impress them so that they would open the door for me to allow me to advance," Goodwin said during a court recess.

She said she was shocked when, in late 2001, her supervisor told her she would never be promoted at Harvard. In court documents, Goodwin said her supervisor told her she was "a joke" at the university's main library, where she "was seen merely as a pretty girl who wore sexy outfits, low cut blouses, and tight pants."

She said after the conversation with her supervisor, she modified her appearance and wore more conservative clothing, but she continued to be turned down when she applied for better positions.

Goodwin says in her lawsuit that she has suffered emotional distress and lost $150,000 in wages as a result of Harvard's failure to promote her since 1999.

Harvard denies that it has discriminated against Goodwin. University spokesman Joe Wrinn would not discuss the case Monday, citing the impending trial. But in earlier interviews, Wrinn noted that Goodwin's case was dismissed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

"This case is without merit," Wrinn said just after Goodwin filed her lawsuit in 2003. "Gender and race were not factors."

A jury of seven men and one woman was chosen to hear the case, with opening statements scheduled for Tuesday.

At the encouragement of U.S. District Judge Joseph Tauro, lawyers for both Goodwin and Harvard huddled in the court hallways Monday to discuss a possible settlement. Neither side would comment.
Copyright 2005 Associated Press. All rights reserved.


Discriminated against for being too pretty? Had the race card worn out?

It's OK BBC..........you'll never have to face that situation.
A_team_lewis said:
No picture? I bet she's a munter with the IQ of a spare tyre.
Ask and thou shalt recieve

wellyhead said:
A_team_lewis said:
No picture? I bet she's a munter with the IQ of a spare tyre.
Ask and thou shalt recieve


Frankly, Victor Lewis-Smith is a better looking wearer of dreadlocks than that BOBFOC 8O
Hmmmm, more like a BOHFOC. (Body Of Halle, Face Of Chuck.)
What the feck is a degree in "Library Science"?

Don't get me wrong, I'm sure putting books on shelves and advising people on research is a challenge but a "science"? Is this another upgraded job titles to make the person feel more important?

I don't think the "too pretty" card is likely to carry much weight as she's got a head like a robber's dog. And talking about weight!
The "Dewey Decimal Diploma"
It has a certain ring to it. I think she should be shot for wasting people's time and for being ugly in public.
She looks a bit like a fat, older, uglier Michelle (the semi-alright one from BB). Apart from that, top bird.

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