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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.


In one corner of the law, minorities and women are often valued less

October 25, 2016

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.”

Sex saga at firehouse a turnoff to women recruits?

October 12, 2014

Professor Martha Chamallas was quoted in The Columbus Dispatch regarding 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.”

In court, color still matters

April 3, 2012

Professor Martha Chamallas's work about race and gender bias in the legal system was referenced in a column published in the Tampa Bay Times.

According to Chamallas, race- and gender-based tables result in significantly lower awards for minority men and women.

Judge eyes race question in ferry crash payout

September 8, 2008

Professor Martha Chamallas was quoted in Newsday 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.

E-mails show close friendship gone sour

November 29, 2006

In an article in The Columbus Dispatch 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.