As in-house litigation counsel for a major luxury brands company, Andowah Newton would have rather seen her career go the path of Ketanji Brown Jackson than be a public face of the fight to free women’s voices in sexual harassment claims.
But after months of struggling with how to stop her company from rebuffing her claims of harassment and hearing women like Valerie Jarrett and Sally Yates speak about bravery at the same conference where years later Newton sat today to tell her story, she filed suit. But the day after her April 2019 filing, when articles about the complaint came pouring into her inbox, with her face next to the headline, the shame came rushing back in. “What has become of me?” she wondered at the time.
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