Workplace Fairness and Workers Celebrate Women’s History Month With Calls for Change, Highlighting Women Champions, and a Career and Workplace Coaching Event
This Women's History Month, it's time to admit that breaking through the glass ceiling simply isn't enough. We have to make it our floor.
The workplace wasn't created with gender equality and the success of women in mind. When you add race, age, identity and sexual orientation into the equation, it's hard to ignore the systemic disparities that continue to exist. Bias and normalized cultural stereotypes continue to expose themselves at work and beyond through discrimination, harassment, pay inequities, retaliation and more.
It's time for a change and, like usual, women are leading the way.
This month, Workplace Fairness is highlighting individuals who decided to ignore society's expectations on how to exist in the workplace and, instead, have created their own set of rules that are transforming the landscape of work across the country. The organization is also sharing valuable information on the legal rights and laws that protect women at work.
A notable woman being highlighted on social media this month is Chiquita Hall-Jackson. She was recently named first Black women president of the National Employment Lawyers Association of Illinois and is the founder of her own firm Hall-Jackson & Associates P.C. Hall-Jackson says, "I find the confidence to authentically show up in the workplace because of the idea that someone is relying on me. I serve as a mentor to several young ladies, including my own daughter, and I want them all to know that their identity matters. The things that are rare about you matter and are needed in the workforce. With that, I lead in confidence."
On legal rights and laws that protect women at work, Workplace Fairness offers this on its website about laws that prohibit pay/compensation discrimination as well as gender identity and pregnancy discrimination.
- Equal Pay Act- requires that man and women be given equal pay for equal work in the same establishment. The jobs do not need to be identical, but they must be substantially equal. It is job content, not job titles, that determines whether jobs are substantially equal. Specifically the EPA provides that employers may not pay unequal wages to men and women who perform jobs that require substantially equal skill, effort and responsibility, and that are performed under similar working conditions within the same establishment.
- Title VII - Part of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which deals with discrimination.
- ADEA - Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967.
- ADA - Americans with Disabilities Act.
On March 29, a WHM event, hosted and sponsored by Keni Dominguez, career coach, people operations strategist and speaker, will guide attendees through a short informational session. Dominquez will talk about how to navigate bias and intersectionality in the workplace, and the importance of knowing your rights to identify discrimination and more. The session will be published on Workplace Fairness social media platforms.
About Workplace Fairness
Founded in 1994 as the National Employee Rights Institute, Workplace Fairness is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that creates and maintains a comprehensive, digital one-stop-shop for free and unbiased information about workers and their legal rights in the workplace. The organization provides resources on their award-winning website that resolve work-related issues and encourage policymakers, members of the business community and the public at large to view the fair treatment of workers as both good business practice and sound public policy.
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