DISCRIMINATION: Perseverance Pays Off

Perseverance Pays Off

American business is full of tough bosses who boast that they "take no prisoners" and run their company "lean and mean." But Ann Hopkins' superiors at Price Waterhouse considered her too "macho" to become a partner at the giant accounting firm. Some even said the aggressive management consultant would be better off going to "charm school." While Hopkins had generated $35 million to $40 million in business, more than any of the other candidates for partner, the firm decided in 1983 not to promote her. She resigned and sued for sexual discrimination.

After seven years of litigation, including arguments before the...

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