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Staying in the Game: The Playbook for Beating Workplace Sexual Harassment

Staying in the Game: The Playbook for Beating Workplace Sexual Harassment

by Adrienne Lawrence


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A practical guide to shutting down workplace sexual harassment so it doesn't derail your career or your life, from the first on-air personality to sue ESPN for sexual harassment.

Even in the #MeToo era, studies show that women in the workforce continue to harbor misconceptions about sexual harassment and are unprepared to respond when it happens. Lawyer and former ESPN anchor Adrienne Lawrence has learned to advocate for herself and other women. In this book, she offers much-needed insight on topics such as:
Identifying the five types of harassers and the five types of coworkers who enable them
Researching company culture and history to identify sexual harassment hotbeds
Properly documenting inappropriate behavior
Preparing for retaliation and mental health hurdles such as anxiety and depression
Managing public exposure and figuring out when to leverage the power of the media and/or lawyer up
This essential guide helps women navigate the complicated realities of sexual harassment and teaches them how to be their own best advocates in toxic work environments.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780593084120
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/06/2021
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 455,698
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Adrienne Lawrence is an attorney and television host who has appeared across TV and digital platforms to discuss legal issues related to current events. She was a litigator for eight years before entering broadcast journalism. A former anchor and legal analyst at ESPN, she became the first on-air personality to sue ESPN for sexual harassment.

Table of Contents


The Game: What You're Up Against and Why You Need a Game Plan 1

Chapter 1 Knowing the Score: Your Instincts, Uphill Battle, and Inner Bawse 7

Chapter 2 The Truth We'd Rather Not See: What Is Sexual Harassment and Why Does It Happen? 18

Chapter 3 Harassholes and Targets: Identifying Harassers, Who Gets Harassed, and Knowing When You're Harassed 34

Chapter 4 Recon Like Ronan: Determining Whether an Employer Is a Sexual Harassment Hotbed 55

Chapter 5 NSFW Coworkers: Identifying and Avoiding Toxic Colleagues 74

Chapter 6 Paying the Price: The Costs of Sexual Harassment to Employers and to You 95

Chapter 7 Keeping Receipts: Documenting Sexual Harassment, Preserving Evidence, and Building a Record 108

Chapter 8 Responses and Reporting: How Sexual Harassment Gets Handled 130

Chapter 9 The Stress and the Struggle: Understanding the Psychological Impact of Sexual Harassment 156

Chapter 10 The Head Game Plan: A Strategy for Surviving the Psychological Impact of Sexual Harassment 169

Chapter 11 Legal Claims and Defenses: An Overview of Sexual Harassment Law 186

Chapter 12 Legal Ratchet and Lawyering Up: Insight into Retaliation, Remedies, and Great Counsel 201

Chapter 13 Keeping Up Appearances: Managing Your Public Persona and Leveraging the Media 223

Chapter 14 Surviving Cyber Scandal: Overcoming Online Harassment and Digital Warfare 241

Chapter 15 Leveling Up: Embracing the New You, Always Doing You, and Making a Badass Comeback 250

Conclusion Taking the Lead 260

Acknowledgments 263

Notes 265

Index 279

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