A slew of movies and TV shows depicting workplace bias that have come out in recent years can hold lessons for discrimination law specialists.
"Storytelling — both fiction and nonfiction — can provide insights, knowledge and food for thought, not to mention welcome entertainment, about the workplace, workplace discrimination and more," said Epstein Becker Green employment member Maxine Neuhauser.
For bias experts eager to keep learning in their downtime, here are six films and series that their peers recommend. …
'On the Basis of Sex' and 'RBG'
"On the Basis of Sex," the 2018 biographical legal drama based on the life of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, was widely recommended as a must-watch from lawyers. Experts said the life of the pioneering jurist illuminates the challenges female attorneys still face, and offers lessons on how to be a better lawyer. …
A documentary film released the same year about Justice Ginsburg's life, "RBG," also landed on the list of employment discrimination experts' recommended watches.
Both 2018 films "show the discrimination she faced early in her career even just trying to get a job despite her unmistakable brilliance and the fabulous career she forged for herself and the opportunities she made possible for others," said Epstein Becker's Neuhauser.
Attorneys also recommended "Hidden Figures," the widely acclaimed and Oscar-nominated 2016 American biographical film about African American female mathematicians who worked at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in the era of the space race.
"The 2016 film 'Hidden Figures' pays tribute to three brilliant African American women, Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, who faced race and gender discrimination at NASA but made critical contributions to the space program and John Glenn's historic orbit around the Earth," Neuhauser said.