NOW Announces Campaign Against Mitsubishi
On Tuesday, May 7, National Organization for Women president Patricia Ireland and Rev. Jesse Jackson announced a national campaign against Mitsubishi Motor Manufacturing Corporation. NOW plans to picket dealerships, and Jackson urged a boycott of Mitsubishi autos. Condemning Mitsubishi for allowing persistent sexual harassment at its Normal, Ill. plant, Ireland called the company's response to a suit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission "abhorrent." She cited the company's unwillingness to admit that over 300 women have been harassed at the plant and criticized Mitsubishi's tactics of threatening workers with job loss and paying them to attend a protest to denounce the allegations. Since the April 22 protest, Mitsubishi has indicated a desire to settle the lawsuit.
Media Resources: The Associated Press - May 7, 1996