Despite advances in sex equality over the past several decades, the statistics continue to show that women in comparable jobs to men face several disadvantages. Women with similar job titles, experience, and education continue to earn less than 75 cents for each dollar earned by a man with a similar background. Women face sexual discrimination in the workplace and companies with policies that discourage having children. The good old boy network often excludes women and hinders them from career advancement. Despite being half of the population, women comprise only 16% of the top executive positions in the country’s largest companies.
Women have been making tremendous strides, though. Women hold over half of associate, bachelor, and master degrees, and women are nearly half of those with doctorate, law, or medical degrees. In certain fields, such as financials, publishing, and tobacco, women have more than 20 percent of corporate officer positions. This is contrast to fields like computer and technology, where women make up less than five percent of the officer positions. Overall, the percent of women in officer positions is still small, but it has been steadily increasing. Speak with a Los Angeles discrimination attorney who can advise you on the legality of your treatment in the workplace and help you achieve all of your career goals.
Glass Ceiling Elements To Be Wary Of
- Sexual stereotypes: Women may be expected to act more nurturing and caring than men in positions of leadership. Some men may not trust in a womans ability to be a good leader of the company.
- Companies unresponsive to a womans needs: Companies may discourage having a family but refusing to advance women who take time away from work to have and raise children. Some companies may be unwilling to put women in certain positions, fearing that they will just leave in a few years to have children.
- Lack of role models and mentors: If a companys management is comprised exclusively of men, it may be difficult for a woman in management to feel at ease or to feel that she is welcome.
- Highly coveted assignments and contracts regularly going to men: Consideration of equality for both women and men for company assignments and advancement opportunities.
More and more companies are beginning to take steps to address these glass-ceiling elements. For instance, many have instituted more family-friendly policies that permit women to have a family, while remaining on track for career advancement.
Another important piece of advice is that women and minorities in management and officer positions are frequently members of social organizations and are often quite happy to discuss their struggles with others facing the same issues. Seek these valuable mentors out and pick their brains, even if they are outside of your company. Know that you are not alone.
If you suspect that you are a victim of a glass ceiling at your workplace, contact an experienced Los Angeles employment lawyer at the Law Offices of Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob.