FOR GENIE HARRISON, 47, A PLAINTIFF’S EMPLOYMENT
litigator in Los Angeles, the pain her clients go through is
personal because she’s felt it herself.
Shortly after she graduated high school at the age of 15,
a mentor invited her into his office and said, “Come over
here and sit in my lap.” He was an eminent septuagenarian
on the board of Radford High School in El Paso, Texas.
“Since I was starting college so young, mother entrusted
The personal harassment cases that made an
me to his care,” she recalls. “There was an incredible power
divide, and I feel, ‘Oh my gosh, what’s going to happen if I
say no? Am I going to get kicked out of school? Is he going
to call my mom and say bad things about me?’”
It wasn’t an isolated incident. “In [Santa Clara] law
school at the State Bar Court,” she remembers, “another
intern pushed me against a wall and was like, ‘When are
we going to f---?’” At Oxford, says Harrison, a professor
“was very careful to sit right next to me on his couch and
talk about the kind of sounds that women make when
they’re having sex. It made me want to vomit to have to
go meet with him.”
employment attorney out of Genie Harrison
BY TIM APPELO
PHOTOGRAPHY BY DUSTIN SNIPES
Thanksgiving hunt in
the Texas hill country.
“I think I was 13 at the
time,” Harrison says.