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Employee Evaluations in BigLaw: How Best to Reduce Bias

Posted April 30th, 2018 by in Employment Discrimination.

Law 360 recently reported that two law firms are revamping their performance evaluation process for associate attorneys by replacing formal annual reviews with more informal, frequent performance assessments. Law360 also reported that other BigLaw firms are likely to follow suit. Law firms that have initiated these changes explain that more frequent, timely feedback on performance […]

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Evidence-Based: Sexual Harassment and Gender Discrimination in Medicine Are Well-Established; It’s Time to Use the Law to Cure the Profession

Posted March 7th, 2018 by in Gender Discrimination and Harassment.

When will #MeToo come to medicine? While high-profile cases of sexual misconduct have rocked individual medical institutions—Yale in 2014 and 2015; USC in 2017; and Michigan State this year—the profession has escaped the level of public scrutiny sweeping entertainment, media, academia, and politics. And it’s not for lack of evidence. A study appearing in the […]

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California Tackles Pay Discrimination in Employment by Banning Inquiries into Past Compensation

Posted November 9th, 2017 by in Employment Discrimination.

Beginning January 1, 2018, employers in California may no longer inquire into prospective employees’ compensation history. The goal of this measure is to reduce the substantial gaps in pay for female and minority employees. On October 12, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 168 into law. The Bill adds a new section containing several important […]

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To Close the Gender Wage Gap, Close the Information Gap

Posted September 25th, 2017 by in Employment Discrimination.

Equal pay for equal work has been the law in the United States for over 50 years. Both Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Pay Act of 1963 prohibit employers from paying women less than men for equal work. When Congress passed these important protections in the 1960s, women […]

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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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Are Law Partners Covered by Employment and Anti-Discrimination Laws?

Posted August 16th, 2017 by in Employment Discrimination.

The short answer is quite possibly. In many cases, law partners may be regarded as “employees” under Title VII, the Equal Pay Act (EPA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and other laws – and therefore eligible to sue their firms for employment discrimination, retaliation, and similar unlawful treatment. The issue of whether a […]

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Continuing Race and Gender Pay Gaps Prompt New Responses

Posted June 1st, 2017 by in Employment Discrimination.

The fact that women, and black and Hispanic employees of all genders, continue to be paid less for the same work is gaining increasing national attention and is the focus of a variety of new laws, regulations, and lawsuits.[1] Evidence of Continuing Pay Disparities Data from the census show that large racial and gender pay […]

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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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Why 20-Somethings Should Care About Equal Pay (and your Equal Pay Day Playlist!)

Posted April 12th, 2016 by in Wages and Overtime Law.

If you’ve been on social media today, you probably know that it’s Equal Pay Day. Congratulations, ladies: we’re trending on Twitter (far ahead of #NationalGrilledCheeseDay). And now that we’re a solid four months into 2016, the average woman’s earnings have finally caught up to what the average man made…in 2015. If you’re anything like me, […]

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