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Gender Discrimination and Harassment

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: An Overview

Posted October 17th, 2017 by in Gender Discrimination and Harassment.

Sexual harassment is all over the news. Harvey Weinstein, the cinematic giant, has been exposed as a loathsome lothario, a serial abuser of women, and a poster child of male privilege and abuse in the movie industry. Weinstein and sexual harassment are now inextricably linked in the public imagination, and, it seems, never the twain […]

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Barriers to Success for Women in Law Firms

Posted August 30th, 2017 by in Gender Discrimination and Harassment.

Several recent gender discrimination class action lawsuits illustrate that women in law firms face a number of additional hurdles not encountered by their male colleagues.  While women have made up more than 40% of law school students for more than three decades, the number of women diminishes at every level of advancement.  In last month’s […]

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Gender Bias in Performance Reviews

Posted August 23rd, 2017 by in Gender Discrimination and Harassment.

In the landmark gender discrimination case, Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins, 490 U.S. 228 (1989), the Supreme Court recognized that discrimination based on an employee’s failure to conform to gender role stereotypes is prohibited under Title VII. As the Supreme Court reasoned, “an employer who acts on the basis of a belief that a woman cannot […]

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Motherhood & The Gender Pay Gap

In May of this year, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reached a $100,000 settlement agreement in a gender discrimination case against a Florida insurance broker. Why? The company revoked a woman’s job offer “20 minutes after she asked her would-be supervisor about its maternity policy.” Citing an “urgent” need to have someone in the […]

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Groundbreaking cases in the Seventh Circuit may have far-reaching effects for LGBTQ employees

For the second time in just two months, the Chicago-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has issued a ground-breaking ruling that will have an enormous impact on countless gender discrimination cases involving LGBTQ people. In April, the Seventh Circuit overturned itself and broke ranks with its sister by holding that employment discrimination […]

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Lessons on Women’s Economic Progress and Policies from the Fed Chair

Janet Yellen, Chair of the Federal Reserve and arguably the most powerful woman in the world, is best known for her role in U.S. monetary policy.  But in a recent speech, she tackled a totally different subject – women’s economic progress over the past century.  Her speech, So We All Can Succeed: 125 Years of […]

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New Laws Prohibit Employers from Asking Job Applicants about Their Salary Histories

Posted April 26th, 2017 by in Gender Discrimination and Harassment.

In the past year, lawmakers in Puerto Rico, Massachusetts, New York City, and Philadelphia have passed “salary history laws.” These new laws make it illegal for employers to ask job applicants about their current salaries or the salaries they earned at previous jobs. To put it simply, these laws take your salary history off the […]

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Join the Experts for a Conversation About the Gender Pay Gap

Posted April 19th, 2017 by in Gender Discrimination and Harassment.

I originally published this post in advance of a panel event commemorating Equal Pay Day. The event involved a lively discussion on the gender pay gap, as well as how best to communicate the issue of equal pay in our current political climate. For additional information on the gender pay gap, follow this blog! For […]

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Pumping on the Job -The Rights of Breastfeeding Employees

Posted April 12th, 2017 by in Gender Discrimination and Harassment.

Breastfeeding employees frequently encounter barriers in the workplace that impede their ability to pump on the job. Horror stories abound of women who are denied a clean, private space to pump or who are shamed and penalized for pumping at work. Thanks to the advent of federal and state legislation and an emerging body of […]

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Gender Discrimination? Because Makeup Doesn’t Grow on Trees

Before I go to work every morning, I engage in a ritual that my husband has never needed to.  As the New York Times reports, this ritual is can make women appear confident, capable, reliable, or likable in the workplace, and can even lead to a higher salary when compared to other women.  What is […]

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Men Can Be the Victims of Sexual Harassment Too

Posted March 15th, 2017 by in Gender Discrimination and Harassment.

On February 15, 2017, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit against Hidden Hawaii Tours alleging that the President of the company engaged in a pattern of sexually harassing his young employees. Unfortunately, that’s not an uncommon scenario. The difference in this case is that the victims were men. According to the EEOC […]

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The Motherhood Penalty a.k.a Caregiver or Family Responsibilities Discrimination

In a 2007 study, Cornell sociologists Correll, Benard, and Paik examined the motherhood penalty, a phrase sociologists use to describe the systemic disadvantages that working mothers often encounter in hiring, pay, promotion, and other aspects of their employment. In the United States, mothers suffer a per-child wage penalty of approximately 5%, controlling for similar qualifications […]

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A Signal to HealthCare Providers From their Pregnant Patients’ Lawyers

The metaphor of ships passing in the night originated (at least according to Google) from a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, in a compilation called Tales of Wayside Inn. There, Longfellow laments the disconnectedness of the human condition in lines that seem equally applicable to modern life: Ships that pass in the night, and speak […]

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“Caregiverism” Feminism: A Proposal for Converting Super Humans to Mere Mortals

As the product of a single-parent household, it is not as though I am unfamiliar with the concept of a woman who puts in long hours at work while serving as the primary breadwinner.  Nonetheless, I am in awe of working professional women who are mothers.  And when it comes to the subset of these […]

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Nice Nails, Awful Jobs: Part 2

Nail salons may offer a dose of beauty, glamor, and pampering to their customers. However, by and large, nail salons take on a much uglier look once you scrape away the polished facade and examine the experiences of the largely female, immigrant workforce that toils away there. Last year, the New York Times ran a […]

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