From the press release:
Howard University had argued that stalking by this man was stalking not sexual harassment but stalking is defined as a pattern of harassment.
[...] on January 9, 2009, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider a Petition for Rehearing, asking the Court to review a workplace stalking case, Martin v. Howard Univ. and Alice Gresham Bullock, U.S. Sup. Ct. No. 08-204. The lower courts held that a female law professor had no legal recourse against Howard University for refusing to renew her contract after she asked the Law School administration to use the University’s own Campus Security procedures to protect her and other women from a serial campus stalker.
As a law professor at Howard University, Dawn Martin was stalked by a delusional, homeless, serial stalker of African-American female professors. The stalker was searching for the physical embodiment of his "fantasy," or ideal "wife" --modeled after a fictional female character, Geneva Crenshaw, in a book, And We are not Saved, written by the renowned Professor Derrick Bell. Instead of following its own security procedures to ban the stalker from campus, Howard responded to Prof. Martin’s requests for protection by refusing to renew her teaching contract. Prof. Martin sued Howard for sexual harassment/hostile work environment and retaliation for reporting sexual harassment, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex/gender, as well as race, color, ethnic origin and religion. Martin is the first to present the issue of "gender profiling" or "working while female" in the employment context.
For more on this case, go to Ms. Martin's website on this case.