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Mechelle Vinson, a bank teller in Washington, sued her bank's branch manager, Sidney L. Taylor, in 1978 for "repeatedly sexually [assaulting] her," leading to a landmark Supreme Court case that "redefined sexual harassment in the workplace," according to a Washington Post report.

Vinson told the Post in 1986 that Taylor threatened to fire her if she refused to sleep with him; he also assaulted her in front of other employees, and "forcibly raped her on several occasions."

  • A U.S. District judge said Vinson "had not suffered job discrimination."
  • A U.S. Court of Appeals reversed that, saying "women did not have to prove prove they had been sexually harassed."
  • The Supreme Court ruled in a unanimous decision "that sexual harassment violated federal laws against discrimination."

Why it matters: This set the tone for workplace sexual harassment. For the first time, sexual harassment was "an illegal form of discrimination."

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Harris: "Women are going to be a priority" in Biden administration

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In her first sit-down interview since being named Joe Biden's running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris talked about what she'll do to fight for women if elected VP, and how the Democrats are thinking about voter turnout strategies ahead of November.

What they're saying: "In a Biden-Harris administration women are going to be a priority, understanding that women have many priorities and all of them must be acknowledged," Harris told The 19th*'s Errin Haines-Whack.

Facebook goes after Apple

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Facebook is seeking to force a face-off with Apple over its 30% in-app purchase commission fee, which Facebook suggests hurts small businesses struggling to get by during the pandemic.

The big picture: Facebook has never publicly gone after Apple, a key strategic partner, this aggressively. Both companies face antitrust scrutiny, which in Apple's case has centered on the very fee structure Facebook is now attacking.