Feeling Blocked by a Glass Ceiling at Work?
Let our Los Angeles Employment Lawyers Help You Break Through
Have you been the victim of artificial barriers in your employment that have prevented you from receiving the promotions and salary to which you are entitled? Have you felt that, as a woman, you can only advance only so far in your company, despite your proven abilities? Have you stood by, helplessly, and watched as male and other non-minority co-workers have been promoted past you? If your responses to these questions were affirmative, you are not alone.
What is a Glass Ceiling?
“Glass ceiling” is a term that describes the artificial plateau, beyond which women and other minorities are denied the opportunity to advance to upper levels of executive management in corporate America. It has become a routine practice to deny thousands of qualified women the top-level jobs, merited by their performance. Department of Labor studies have found that women hold only a small percentage of senior management positions in Fortune 500 companies. The “glass ceiling” barriers toward women are nothing but an insidious form of sex discrimination, in violation of law. The purpose of this article is to raise the consciousness of both women and corporate America to the prevalence of this practice, and to summarize the steps that victims should take, including possibly contacting an employment and discrimination attorney.
Next let’s suppose that this corporation has one thousand workers who are comprised of fifty percent female, ten percent African American, twenty percent Latino, etc. In looking at the numbers, the corporation can claim that it does not discriminate against any protected group.
The Glass Ceiling
Now let’s see where these workers are located in the pyramid. Let’s assume we draw a horizontal line in the pyramid at the Manager’s level, approximately two-thirds up the pyramid. Above that line are the Managers and executives of the corporation. When we look at that imaginary line, we find that 100 percent of the people from managerial positions to chairman of the Board are white, Angle-Saxon males. The imaginary line is the glass ceiling, below which is found the group of females, the African Americans, the Latinos, etc. and above which the females, African Americans, Latinos, etc., can’t rise. That imaginary line may apply to all or any one of a protected group.
Glass Ceiling Discrimination Potential Class Action
Glass ceiling cases are primarily proven by statistics. If no woman can rise above the position of supervisor, then all women are being discriminated against in promotion and hiring. Therefore, any glass ceiling case is a potential class action case.
If you are facing discrimination at work or if you notice your promotion is prevented by a glass ceiling, please contact a Los Angeles discrimination attorney at our law firm for help now.