Despite the massive strides that have been made toward gender equality in the workplace, we still have a way to go. Is that the understatement of the century?
According to a report by the Pew Research Center, about 75 percent of young women think the United States needs to do more to create workplace equality. The pay gap is narrowing and women have a better shot at high-level employment than they once did, but that doesn’t mean the playing field is level just yet. Not surprisingly, lots of young women are just as skeptical about workplace equality as their moms and grandmothers were. Keep reading »
Three women are suing mega-investment firm Goldman Sachs over what they call “unchecked gender bias that pervades Goldman Sachs’s corporate culture.” Former vice president Cristina Chen-Oster, former managing director Lisa Parisi, and an associate, Shanna Orlich, claim that the firm underpaid them, and failed to promote women. Keep reading »
Does it come as a shock that a clothing retailer with such a hetero-normative image (sometimes to the point of cliche) would deny a transsexual the opportunity for a job? Unfortunately, no. In an undercover operation staged by The New York Daily News, two people—one transgendered person, one non—both applied for the same jobs. The results aren’t surprising: The transgendered applicant didn’t receive any callbacks for interviews, while the other scored eight out of a few dozen. One of these companies who didn’t give the transgendered applicant a shot? J.Crew.
How does this make you feel about the brand? Do you think it’s unfair to single them out? [Blackbook Mag] Keep reading »
Apparently, the devil does wear Prada, and his name is Davide Sesia. The CEO of the high-fashion line is now dealing with a lawsuit in which an employee claims she and over a dozen others in the Japan office were discriminated against because of their looks. Rina Bovrisse, the accusing staffer, said that Sesia told her to fire a bunch of co-workers for being “old, fat, disgusting or not having the Prada look.”
Sesia also demanded that Bovrisse herself revamp her look. (We infer that she didn’t as she was put on “involuntary leave.”) This type of discrimination is of course unacceptable, but we do have to wonder what brought on this sudden wave of “ugly firings”? Or has this been going on forever? [NY Daily News]
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