Gender Discrimination in the Legal Workplace (12/07/20)
Medusa Revisited: Turning the Ugly Head of Gender Discrimination in the Legal Workplace
A recent study by the U. S. Census Bureau shows that working women earn only 79% of what their male counterparts do. Yet, elimination of pay disparity is only one of the ways that women in the workplace must combat gender bias, whether overt or implicit. But here is the “shocker” for many who do not work in the legal industry–discrimination and exploitation exists against women in the legal industry–a place where it would be presumed to be gender bias neutral.
In this installment of the CBA’s “Advancing Equity for Women in the Law Series” Professor Kimberly Norwood will present her leading-edge research on gender bias. She will discuss the data and status of gender discrimination in law firms and law schools in the United States (that highlights the reality that despite the fact that women make up a significant percentage of students in American law schools, law firms recruit women, but do not retain them or promote them like they do their male counterparts).
The pervasive culture of compensation disparities and discrimination about maternity leave irrespective as to family leave laws will also be discussed.
Introduction by Hon.Diane Joan Larsen (Ret.), JAMS Mediator and Arbitrator
Henry H. Oberschelp Professor of Law
Washington University in St. Louis, School of Law
Professor Norwood’s research focuses on blackthink, colorism, implicit bias, and the intersection of race, class, and public education in America. She lectures around the world on colorism, various social justice/civil rights issues, implicit (and explicit) bias issues and was part of the national team of experts consulted to advise Starbucks on its national implicit bias training agenda.
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