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Lady Lawyer Lessons*: #LeanIn #LeanOut : The Hokey Pokey Pay Game

Posted February 26th, 2015 by in Wages and Overtime Law.

Recently, many of my clients and friends have been discussing problems and questions surrounding negotiating their pay.  One observed that, after negotiating her starting pay with her employer, her supervisor branded her as a trouble-maker – a reputation that, when she asked for a raise two years later, led to them (wrongfully) terminating her.  Along […]

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Q&A with Julie Vogtman

Posted February 4th, 2015 by in Gender Discrimination and Harassment.

I met Julie Vogtman when we were both summer associates at a DC law firm, and I was thrilled to reconnect with her recently at a Dupont Circle Starbucks.  After chatting about our holidays and seeing pictures of her adorable 10-month-old daughter, we talked about the great work that she and others are doing at […]

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Pay Disparity on the Silver Screen

Posted January 29th, 2015 by in Gender Discrimination and Harassment.

Think fast: Can you name three pictures in which the actor Jeremy Renner has appeared? I ask this question because: (1) I wonder if I am uniquely out-of-step with pop culture; and (2) Renner is at the center of a growing conversation about Hollywood’s gendered pay gap. Due to the recent Sony leaks, we learned […]

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“You Don’t Need The Money—You Have a Nice Engagement Ring”

Posted October 15th, 2014 by in Gender Discrimination and Harassment.

Growing up I loved watching The Mary Tyler Moore Show on Nick-at-Nite.  Mary Richards, the show’s protagonist, was a single woman in her early 30s working as the associate producer of a nightly news show in Minneapolis in the early 1970s.  In one episode, she learns that she is making $50 less per week than […]

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What’s Most Shocking About the New Sarah Silverman Ad?

Last week, with the help of Sarah Silverman’s unique brand of irreverent humor, we were introduced to the Equal Payback Project.  The goal of the project is, through a crowdfunding campaign, to raise awareness that more than 50 years since the passing of the Equal Pay Act the average American woman is still making only […]

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Fast Food Strikes Help Female Workers

Posted September 17th, 2014 by in Wages and Overtime Law.

Female workers at the lowest rung of the economic ladder are getting a boost from a growing campaign to raise wages for fast food workers. The Fast Food Forward campaign—also informally known as the “Fight for $15” movement—is calling for an industry wage of $15 an hour, or double the current federal minimum wage of […]

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Laboring In Secret

Posted September 3rd, 2014 by in Wages and Overtime Law.

Just before Labor Day, released a Chart of the Week illustrating that, among college graduates four years after graduation, women earn less than men in nearly every field of study.  A salary gap among recent college graduates is disturbing for two reasons. First, it suggests that women are earning less than men right away—even […]

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Kara Walker’s A Subtlety and The Double Wage Gap

Posted July 24th, 2014 by in Race Discrimination.

This summer, an estimated 130,000 visitors descended upon an abandoned, soon-to-be-demolished sugar factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn to take in the latest exhibit by renowned artist-slash-provocateur Kara Walker. Housed in the historic Domino Sugar Refinery, the exhibit was titled “A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby: an Homage to the unpaid and overworked Artisans who have refined […]

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Shedding Light on Pay Inequality

Posted July 15th, 2014 by in Wages and Overtime Law.

Last week, a federal judge in New York ordered that notice of a lawsuit under the federal Equal Pay Act be sent to at least 7,000 female employees at KPMG—one of the nation’s “Big 4” tax, audit and accounting firms.  The lawsuit details how KPMG illegally paid female professionals less than it paid men for […]

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