The Effects of Litigants’ Gender
An article by Magnus’ Director of Research, Melissa Pigott, Ph.D. and co-author Linda Foley, Ph.D. examined mock jurors’ perceptions of male to female and female to male sexual harassment. The article is based on the first experimental study involving a direct comparison of sexual harassment litigants’ gender. The results demonstrated that mock jurors’ liability and damages decisions were different depending on whether the plaintiff was a man who was harassed by a woman or whether the plaintiff was a woman who was harassed by a man. The research findings reported in the article, published in The Trial Lawyer, have important implications for all types of cases in which gender is a key case issue.
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