~ Sheila White Parrish~



Fighting discrimination from the railyards of Tennessee
all the way to the Supreme Court

by Sheila White

In this book Sheila White shows by example how any woman can fight for her rights in the workplace.

She describes what her life was like working in the railroad yards of Tennessee, how she learned to stand up for herself and how she helped the legal system defend her from the discrimination, retaliation, and humiliation she experienced over the years.

We must not take this type of abuse in the workplace or anywhere else!

Throughout the process Sheila shows us that taking charge is not easy nor a fast process; it takes a lot of patience, but it can be done.

After reading this book you will understand how she defended herself and in the process helped open the door for all working women.

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Fighting the Giant

6" x 9" • 76 pages

Published by: Robertson Publishing

"I stood by my client Sheila White from the beginning to the end. She fought hard for justice all the way to the Supreme Court, and prevailed with pride and dignity. I feel every working citizen should read this book, it's extremely powerful"

Donald Donati, Attorney
Donati Law Firm, Memphis TN


"I am glad to know Sheila White; I followed her case very closely. I am so glad that she finally won the right for all people to be treated fairly in the workplace without the fear of retaliation. Her book is a fascinating account and a terrific read."

Kathleen Caldwell, Attorney
Memphis, TN

Buy your copy from:

A few of Sheila's book signing events.

Barnes & NobleBarnes & Noble, Memphis, Feb 9th, 2008
Sheila at book signingSheila greeting her guests
Sheila's Family
Patrice, Sheila, Monica, Ruby and Dr. Leon (Sheila's Mother & Father)
Andre and Dominique
Chadick's Law Firm
Dot, Sheila, Pam, and Attny. Mark Chadick
Morgan and Chadick, Pine Bluff, AR

Sheila White
About The Author:

Sheila White, as she is now known, was born in Memphis, Tennessee. While in high school she became interested in the activities of Dr. Martin Luther King and Black history. She always wanted to see people treated as equals and as human beings.

She later married and began her family. Then in 1997, when Sheila was in her 40's, she went to work for the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railroad as a fork-lift operator and there began her nine year adventure. She would fight and take her case from the railroad yards in Memphis all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States. She came to realize that this action would have far-reaching results that would overshadow her own difficulties. She was thrilled that the Court’s decision would touch so many people. It took Sheila's persistence, commitment, and courage to follow this through to its final conclusion.

Sheila still resides in Memphis TN. To contact her send an email to SWhite50@yahoo.com.


EEOC - Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

For additional information about harassment, discrimination and retaliation in the workplace, send an e-mail to info@ask.eeoc.gov (Please include your zip code and/or city and state so that your e-mail will be sent to the appropriate office).

You can also visit http://www.eeoc.gov or write:

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
1801 L Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20507

EEOC’s customer service representatives are available to assist you in more than 150 languages between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. EST. An automated system with answers to frequently asked questions is available on a 24-hour basis. (800) 669-4000 TTY: (202) 663-4494

Seven women, including Sheila White, were honored in March 2007, as a commemoration of National Women's History Month. They were given Women of Achievement honors for their will to reach out and make a difference.

Sheila White received the Heroism Award
for taking a stand against harassment that led to the U.S. Supreme Court and a precedent-setting ruling.

Sheila was working for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway's Tennessee Yard in 1997 when she filed a sexual discrimination complaint against a supervisor. "After that, everything just went haywire. They were trying to force me out, to make it so hard on me that I would just quit, but I found the strength to keep on going," says Sheila. "I hope I've opened the door for women to come forward and not be afraid."

Women of Achievement

Sheila was recognized by Women's eNews

Women's eNews accepted nominations for persons of all ages, heritages, countries and professions who had made a positive impact on the lives of women. These leaders were honored at the annual Women's eNews 21 Leaders for the 21st Century Gala.

21 Leaders Award

Clicking on the image above will take you to Sheila's video at Women's eNews

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