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Martha Chamallas Media Hits
The following is a list of selected media coverage for Martha Chamallas. The links below will direct you to sites that are not affiliated with the Moritz College of Law. They are subject to change, and some may expire or require registration as time passes.
Professor Martha Chamallas was quoted in The Washington Post about how demographic averages—like earnings and employment data based on race and gender—oftentimes determine how much compensation victims or their families receive after injuries and accidents. Women and people of color tend to receive less than white or male victims.
Chamallas described the practice as “something Ruth Bader Ginsburg and civil rights advocates [fought] in the 1960s.”
Professor Martha Chamallas was quoted in a Columbus Dispatch article on a recent scandal at a city fire station and the possibility it could alienate women in the fire and police divisions.
“A highly sexualized culture sends a coercive message that, unless you play along and become part of this scene, you will not be accepted into this group and receive proper recognition,” she said. “It’s not that women don’t like sex or have affairs, but this type of environment often produces sexual harassment.”
Professor Martha Chamallas's work was referenced by a column in the Tampa Bay Times speaking about the race and gender bias in the legal system.
Chamallas had concluded that race- and gender-based tables result in significantly lower awards for minority men and women.
Professor Martha Chamallas was quoted in a Newsday story about whether race should contribute to determining a person’s life expectancy. “Chamallas said race has cropped up routinely in studies she has done from the 1990s through 2005 of personal injury cases. While longevity and medical care are different issues than economic loss caused by an inability to work, Chamallas said the result sought is usually the same: determining a proper monetary award.”
In a Columbus Dispatch story about sexual harassment suits between a school board member and the district's superintendent, Professor Martha Chamallas says that earlier welcomed behavior is relevant when a relationship turns sour. However, she notes that later forms of behavior could be harassment.