The Los Angeles Times published an article today about women leaving the IT industry in droves. As the article points out, women are not considered able to execute fast enough or even to be entrepenuers. Given the projected expansion of the tech industry over the next decade, the tech industry's biased view of women is tantamount to shooting themselves in the foot. In any event, this male stereotypical attitude can and will inevitably lead to violations of gender discrimination statutes.
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I am learning more and more that my mother was right about a lot of things but particularly about timing. A superb golfer in her day (she was a single digit handicap at her peak) she taught me that properly timing the start of the downswing was critical to both accuracy and distance. And in love, she always told me that timing was critical when it came to marriage, i.e, whether my future wife and I would be "ready" when we first meet. She was absolutely right!
This past Sunday, as I watched the Dallas Cowboys gain momentum and come back against the Detroit Lions, I was more than distracted by what I recently learned about how the NFL teams treat their cheerleaders. These women cheer for their team during games, practice for hours in the days leading up to games, attend public appearances, and maintain their bodies in incredible, physical shape. However, despite their significant value to the team they cheer for, the amount they are paid for their talent is often pathetic, bordering on abusive.
With the upcoming New Year, it is time for resolutions that we all hopefully will keep. For employees, please adopt this resolution: I will never email, text or post on my social media page content that I know could be offensive, violate someone's privacy or just be plain mean. Failure to follow this simple rule just got a long time New Jersey municpal employee suspended without pay and possibly losing his job for distributing racist emails.
Facebook and social media sites like it has changed our world in many different ways.
Every employee sees and hears things around the workplace. It’s hard not to. Sometimes employees see, hear, or are asked to be involved in something they don’t feel comfortable doing because they believe it is wrong or illegal. Understandably, many of these employees are afraid of the potential repercussions of reporting or protesting what they’ve seen, heard, or been asked to do.
“You can’t prove anything, detective. All you have is circumstantial evidence!” How often do we think of that movie cliché whenever we think about circumstantial evidence? We think of it as inferior to eyewitness or other direct evidence. The fact is that circumstantial evidence can be very powerful and is the primary way that discrimination cases are proven.
This blog post is the inaugural of what our firm hopes will become a tradition of discussing workplace issues. This post will lead off with employment issues that we have observed over the past several years in the tech industry.