Gender Equity

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Vindicated, And It Feels So Good . . .

The Washington Post “Fact Checker” column gave Two Pinocchios last week to the “79-cent pay gap factoid.” That’s the factoid that says women make only 79 cents for every dollar that men make. Debunking that dubious statistic...more

Pay Equity Communications (AKA: What do I say?)

Responding to inquiries regarding your company’s stance on pay equity can be dicey. Having a strategy on how you address questions is important. Every time a client asks “what do I say” in response to employee...more

The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team's Claim of Pay Discrimination Should Remind Employers to Pay Attention to Unequal Pay

Most employers know that they cannot discriminate on the basis of sex by paying lower wages to the opposite sex for equal work. But what is considered “equal work” can be challenging for employers, especially for those who...more

U.S. Women’s Soccer Scores Visibility for Pay Discrimination

As our readers may have heard, the star members of the U.S. women’s soccer team filed a wage discrimination complaint against the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). In the...more

Going for the Goal and the Gold – the Quest for Equal Pay

In late March 2016, five star players on the U.S. women’s national soccer team filed a complaint with the EEOC, alleging that they are paid 40% less than the U.S. men’s national soccer team. The women’s U.S. soccer team is...more

U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team alleges gender wage discrimination

Five star players of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team (Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn and Hope Solo) made headlines this week by filing a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment...more

Feminenglish Part V: Remedies for Lousy Communication

In recent posts, we have been discussing the wasteful and demoralizing patterns of “asymmetrical communication” between male and female lawyers, particularly as it impacts team collaboration and effectiveness, as well as good...more

Comment Letter Requests SEC Require Public Companies To Furnish Gender Pay Ratio Data To Investors

In a February 1, 2016 comment letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), Pax Ellevate Management LLC Chair Sallie Krawcheck and Chief Executive Officer Joseph F. Keefe requested that the SEC take steps to...more

New Jersey’s Proposed Equal Pay Legislation Passes in Both Houses

On March 14, 2016, the New Jersey Assembly passed Bill A2750, a legislation aimed at closing the gender wage gap. For a more detailed discussion of the bill, please see our March 10, 2016 blog post. After passing in both...more

PE Industry Working to Address Gender Equality

An increase in attention to and awareness of gender equality in private equity is a step in the right direction, experts say in a Law360 column. As a recent Preqin report notes, only 10.5% of senior roles at North...more

A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall: Pay Equity Disputes Ready To Explode

In deference to Bob Dylan, while you may not need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows, employers quite often rely on employment lawyers to help them recognize an approaching legal storm and how best to prepare for...more

Maloney Introduces Board Gender Diversity Bill

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney introduced HR 4718, which would require that the SEC establish a Gender Diversity Advisory Group. The Group would be responsible for studying and making recommendations to the Commission on...more

Latest California Equal Pay Legislation Targets Race and Ethnicity

As California employers adjust to recent amendments to the state’s Equal Pay Act, additional changes are looming. As we reported, last year, California adopted the Fair Pay Act, which provides new pay equity provisions...more

SuperVision Today - March 2016

Notes from the Chair and Executive Editor - Welcome to 2016's first edition of SuperVision Today, the enewsletter from Spilman Thomas & Battle's Labor & Employment Group. Our clients in West Virginia certainly are...more

Feminenglish Part IV: Pointing the Finger

We’re no sociologists, but it’s not hard to divine the root cause of asymmetrical communication between male and female lawyers: the perks, pleasures and pursuit of power. Power both creates and reinforces inequality –...more

Ending Sex Discrimination Around the World

Despite significant strides, sex discrimination persists. Indeed, more than 50 countries around the world have laws and policies that discriminate against women and girls, particularly in the areas of nationality and...more

Consultation Launched on Corporate Social Responsibility

The European Commission is currently consulting on how large public-interest entities should disclose environmental and other non-financial information, as required by Directive 2014/95/EU Corporate Social Responsibility...more

Feminenglish Part III: Causes and Consequences

Our current series of posts about Feminenglish, that peculiar deferential language female lawyers and business women have learned to speak in meetings with men, and last year’s related series about how men tend to grab the...more

UK Government Publishes Draft Gender Pay Reporting Regulations

The proposed regulations will require businesses to calculate their gender pay gap starting April 2017 and publish the details by April 2018. On 12 February, the UK government published draft regulations that set out the...more

Blog: Want To Increase Company Performance? Increase The Proportion Of Women In Corporate Leadership

So says a new study from the Peterson Institute for International Economics. The results suggest that the presence of women in corporate leadership positions may improve firm performance and that “the magnitudes of the...more

New Year, New Employment Laws: Changes New York Employers Need to Know

The legal landscape for employers is rarely static for an extended period of time, and 2015 delivered several important changes for New York employers. Although some of these developments affect companies operating statewide,...more

New California Employment Laws for 2016

Now that the calendar has turned to 2016, this is a good time for employers in California to ensure that they are up to speed on the new laws that took effect on January 1.  Here are some of the highlights....more

Fourth Circuit Court Of Appeals Holds That Gender Normed Physical Fitness Tests Do Not Run Afoul Of Title VII

As we are all aware, Title VII of the Civil Rights act of 1964 prohibits, among other things, discrimination in employment on the basis of sex. This prohibition extends not only to intentionally discriminatory conduct, but...more

GAO Publishes Report on Gender Diversity of Corporate Boards

On December 3, 2015, the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) published its report analyzing the history of gender diversity of U.S. corporate boards and provided recommendations for improving female board...more

High Power, Low Volume: The Dynamics of Feminenglish, Part II

Typical of the way catchy neologisms leap into common currency, there’s a hot new compliment making the rounds these days: “So-and-so speaks truth to power.” The connotations of this high-powered compliment are rich indeed,...more

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