HOUSTON, Texas. According to Business Insider, women, on average, make 80 cents for every dollar a man earns. The gender pay gap is real and the difference between women and men in pay often depends on the state in which a woman resides. According to Business Insider, women in Texas fare worse in the gender pay gap than women in New York, California, or Florida. [Read more…] about What Roadblocks Do Women Face on the Road to Success?
HOUSTON, Texas. According to QZ, when some companies created algorithms to rank resumes, the programmers quickly learned, much to their alarm, that the algorithms often ranked women’s resumes lower than men’s resumes. When it comes to AI-based systems, the systems are only as robust as the data programmers are putting into the systems. If a company already has some intrinsic bias in hiring practices, or if the representative sample is itself biased, problems can arise. In industries where men are overrepresented and minorities underrepresented, an AI system can quickly become biased when combing through resumes. [Read more…] about When AI Hiring Algorithms are Biased
HOUSTON, Texas. A Dallas woman just received a $1 million dollar verdict for sexual harassment and pregnancy discrimination after she was fired from her job at an oilfield services company. According to the Dallas Morning News, the woman claims that she was fired days after she was hired, after she revealed to her co-workers that she was pregnant. Women sometimes face high levels of discrimination on the oilfield, where they may be a minority among men. However, as more women are coming forward with their stories of discrimination, many have been able to see justice and compensation for their losses. [Read more…] about Pregnancy Discrimination on the Oilfield
HOUSTON, Texas. According to CNN, a former WeWork employee is suing the company, claiming she was fired in retaliation after reporting sexual assault. The woman reported being sexually assaulted and groped at two company events where alcohol was served. She further claims that she never received a poor performance review and believes that she fired as an act of retaliation for reporting two instances of sexual assault on the job. [Read more…] about Former WeWork Employee Sues for Sexual Harassment Retaliation
HOUSTON, Texas. According to one researcher, casual disrespect of women in the workplace can actually harm women’s health. Almost every woman has experienced sexual discrimination and harassment at some point in her life. It’s the cat call on the street, the co-worker who always interrupts you in a meeting, it’s the hallway you avoid because it’s near the guy who asked you on a date after last year’s Christmas party. All of these small acts can leave a major impact on women’s health. According to the Atlantic, women who suffer from regular discrimination on the job can end up with higher blood pressure. Discrimination can have an impact on a person’s sleep cycle, cardiovascular health, and weight. [Read more…] about How Workplace Sexual Discrimination Can Be Hazardous to Your Health
HOUSTON, Texas. According to the New York Times, California has become the first state to require publicly-held companies to have women on their boards. The new law may have an impact on hundreds of companies, with companies that do not comply facing violations of up to $300,000. The New York Times reports that as many as 25% of companies do not have women on their boards. California is home to many major tech companies, so the immediate impact of the law might be to encourage technology companies to increase diversity at their highest levels. The tech industry has faced major criticism in recent years for its lack of diversity. [Read more…] about California Requires Publicly-Held Companies to Include Women on their Boards