Merikay McLeod, BETRAYAL: The Shattering Sex Discrimination Case of Silver vs Pacific Press Publishing Association (Mars Hill Publications, 1985) 356 indexed pages.
As a young assistant editor at Pacific Press, Merikay McLeod went to the publishing house manager in May 1972 and asked for wages comparable to those paid a man doing the same work in the next office.
It wasn’t as if she didn’t need the money: her husband was out of work and wanted to go to school; their car was in bad repair; and they were reduced to returning groceries for change to do the laundry.
But the manager not only said, “No”; he said, “Never!” And the consequences of that “Never!” are the struggle for justice recounted in Betrayal.
Shocked to discover blatant sex discrimination at the religious publishing house where she worked, Merikay Silver McLeod blew the whistle. As a result—
- Her books were banned from publication.
- Her articles had to be published pseudonymously.
- She was fired, then reinstated by court order.
- A co-worker who supported her actions was fired.
- Church leaders tried to have her expelled form church membership.
- Church leaders testified against her in Federal court.
- Her employer spent over $1 million in legal fees and judgments.
Yet justice prevailed. Read the powerful story of Merikay’s struggle to bring equal pay to Pacific Press Publishing Association.
At the time of Betrayal’s publication in 1985, Merikay McLeod was producing a San Francisco Bay-area public-interest television program called Women Working. After completing a master’s degree in social science, she established Merik Communications, a west coast media relations firm.
Only a few NEW copies of this Adventist whistle blower's first-person account remain from the original Mars Hill Publications edition.
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