Gender inequality is a major issue in both the public and private sectors. It's not limited to entry-level positions or blue collar work. Even in the most advanced fields, women who devote decades to their careers often face greater obstacles than men when it comes to getting ahead.
Several years ago, a very famous magazine cover asked readers whether or not feminism is dead. Given the complexities of feminism as a concept as well as feminism as a movement, the magazine cover ultimately served as little more than provocative advertising. Thankfully, questions surrounding the state of feminism have been posed far more successfully and meaningfully throughout American culture since that cover hit newsstands.
In a time when shows can be recorded with the flip of a switch, people can travel to foreign countries on a whim and a Smartphone can be used to find the answer to just about anything that may be on our minds, it is hard to believe that gender discrimination is still a problem. Yet, a major pharmaceutical company is currently being accused of treating women differently than men.
According to an annual report released by the nonpartisan Congressional Office of Compliance (OOC), while safety hazards are being handled particularly well in the Congressional workplace, complaints of harassment, discrimination and hostile work environment are on the increase in the last five years.
Pregnant female firefighters for the District of Columbia currently face a difficult new cost-cutting policy which will is making their lives more difficult. The new policy, which took effect in March, restricts injured or ill firefighters and paramedics to no more than 30 days of light-duty assignments, after which time they must go on unpaid leave until they begin working again.
On Monday, conservative legal group Judicial Watch announced that it filed a lawsuit for sexual harassment against Florida congressman Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., on behalf of Winsome Packer, a former aide to the congressman.
While there are a number of ways an employer may be sued by an employee, wrongful termination and employment discrimination are two major areas employers need to be sensitive to in order to avoid costly employee lawsuits.
Publicis Groupe, the French advertising company, is facing allegations of discrimination against its employees. Women previously employed at an American division of the company have filed a multi-million dollar class action lawsuit against the company.