Topic: discrimination

Sheryl Sandberg Says Employers Should Ask Female Employees If They Plan To Get Pregnant

Sheryl Sandberg Says Employers Should Ask Female Employees If They Plan To Get Pregnant

There aren’t many women who attend the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, but those who do sure know how to make waves. Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg told an audience this weekend that she believes employers should be able to speak freely with female employees about whether they plan to get pregnant. The question is considered taboo by HR departments (not to mention feminists) because it’s illegal (not to mention slimy) to discriminate against a job candidate or employee based on pregnancy status. Why is Sandberg, one of the top women in male-dominated Silicon Valley, in favor of changing the system? More »

Burger King Pays Out To Woman Fired For Wearing A Skirt

Burger King Pays Out To Woman Fired For Wearing A Skirt

Burger King’s employee dress code includes pants, so when 17-year-old Ashanti McShan interviewed for a job as a cashier, she made sure to ask if she could wear a skirt instead. McShan’s Pentecostal religion only allowed her to wear skirts and dresses. At the interview, McShan was assured that she could wear a skirt instead, but when she arrived at work for orientation, a manager insisted that she had to leave. Now Burger King is paying up for its refusal to accommodate her religion. More »

The Frustratingly Messy Reason Women Still Lag Behind At Goldman Sachs

The Frustratingly Messy Reason Women Still Lag Behind At Goldman Sachs

Last week, Goldman Sachs announced its annual promotions, in which 266 employees advance to become managing directors on January 1, while a smaller elite group becomes partners. As it turns out, women make up just 23% of those new managing directors, and 14% of the new partners. Meanwhile, a gender discrimination lawsuit against Goldman, accusing it of bias and an “outdate corporate culture,” winds it way through the court system. Why, after all these years and negative attention, do women still lag behind at Goldman?
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Why Women Choose To Get Paid Less

Why Women Choose To Get Paid Less

Yes, seriously: About half of the wage gap between men and women can be explained by the fact that women tend to work in lower-paying industries than men. The field of engineering is dominated by men, while women dominate in elementary education. It’s a tricky question: Why do women persistently wind up “choosing” to earn less money? A new study proposes an answer. More »