Diagnosing Discrimination: Taking action
An 11Alive investigative series uncovered claims of widespread discrimination at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.An unprecedented number of CDC employees came forward with details about their complaints, typically kept secret, because someone at the agency disclosed a list of nearly every employee who filed complaints over the past decade to 11Alive Investigator Andy Pierrotti.
ATLANTA – The NAACP is taking action following an 11Alive investigation.
It involves claims of widespread employee discrimination uncovered at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
On Saturday, Feb. 10 dozens of current and former CDC employees joined a NAACP forum to discuss possible action to take against the agency.
Emotions from CDC employees frustrated with discrimination reached a boiling point.
They spoke out at the meeting.
“I have been discriminated because of my race, my gender and because of my disability,” one said.
“I have stories like you would not believe…”
More than 100 employees, past and present, packed a room at the DeKalb County NAACP branch Saturday morning.
“You’ve been dealing with it for 40 years…” said Teresa Hardy, the county’s NAACP president, who helped organize the forum.
“What compelled me is that these are people who really love working at the CDC however there is other issues that is causing that they are unable to deal with,” Hardy said.
Many complained about racial bias.
Employees with disabilities who claim the agency does not provide reasonable accommodations.
“We are not served by our own public health agency,” another chimed in at the meeting that was organized in direct response to an 11Alive investigation.
In November, the 11Alive Investigators not only uncovered nearly a thousand employee discrimination complaints over the past decade, but internal reports identifying the agency knew minority sentiment was getting worse, but doing little to address the problem.
Gender Discrimination at Work Is All Too Real, With 42 Percent of Women Experiencing It
Think problems in the workplace are limited to sexual harassment? Think again. New data from a nationally representative Pew Research Center survey out Thursday show upward of 4 out of 10 employed women report experiencing at least one kind of gender discrimination, not including sexual harassment, at work. A separate question found 22 percent of women have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace. The findings are especially significant because the survey was conducted between July and August of 2017, months before reports of sexual harassment and abuse across industries could have impacted perceptions of the questions.
The survey asked both men and women to report whether a series of incidents had happened to them because of their gender, including whether they had earned less than a woman/man doing the same job; were treated as if they were not competent; experienced repeated, small slights at work; been passed over for the most important assignments; felt isolated in the workplace; or been denied a promotion.
Black women were more likely to report at least one kind of gender discrimination (52 percent) than women who were white or Hispanic (40 percent for each). Perhaps the most surprising finding in the survey is that less educated women are less likely to report experiencing gender discrimination than their more educated peers (those with bachelor’s degrees and more): “Roughly three-in-ten working women with a postgraduate degree (29%) say they have experienced repeated small slights at work because of their gender, compared with 18% with a bachelor’s degree and 12% (of women) with less education.”
This finding seems counter to recent reports emphasizing high rates of harassment and workplace abuse in the lowest paid professions where the least educated women have very few labor protections. A 2014 report from the National Women’s Law Center suggests the 17 million women in low-wage jobs are especially vulnerable to harassment by low-level supervisors. One might guess this high vulnerability to abuse would be correlated with overall gender discrimination.
3 female former Google employees seek class action status over pay discrimination.
Google faces a new lawsuit accusing it of gender-based pay discrimination. A lawyer representing three female former Google employees is seeking class action status for the claim.
The suit, filed Thursday in San Francisco Superior Court, follows a federal labour investigation that made a preliminary finding of systemic pay discrimination among the 21,000 employees at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California. The initial stages of the review found women earned less than men in nearly every job classification.
Google disputes the findings and says its analysis shows no gender pay gap.
The suit, led by lawyer James Finberg of Altshuler Berzon LLP, is on behalf of three women — Kelly Ellis, Holly Pease and Kelli Wisuri — who all quit after being put on career tracks that they claimed would pay them less than their male counterparts. The suit aims to represent thousands of Google employees in California and seeks lost wages and a slice of Google’s profits.
“I have come forward to correct a pervasive problem of gender bias at Google,” Ellis said in a statement. She says she quit Google in 2014 after male engineers with similar experience were hired to higher-paying job levels and she was denied a promotion despite excellent performance reviews. “It is time to stop ignoring these issues in tech.”
Charges of gender discrimination have swirled at Alphabet Inc.-owned Google since the U.S. Labor Department sued in January to bar Google from doing business with the federal government until it released thousands of documents related to an audit over its pay practices. The sides have been battling in court over how much information Google must turn over.
The lawsuit also follows the firing of male engineer James Damore, who wrote a memo circulated on internal message boards that blamed inherent differences between men and women for the underrepresentation of women in engineering roles.
Caste, gender and religion continue to be reasons for discrimination in India: report
New Delhi: Caste, gender and religion continue to be reasons for discriminating against minorities in the country, according to a report assessing India’s 10 sustainable development goals, released by a civil society group on Thursday.
The report, Sustainable Development Goals: Agenda 2030, coordinated by citizen’s collective Wada Na Todo Abhiyan, was released ahead of the government’s presentation of its report on Sustainable Development Goals at a high level forum in New York this month.
According to the civil society report, gender inequalities have curbed the progress of women in India, while caste has played an important role in the exclusion of a community which consists of more than 201 million people in the country. The report said religious minorities, differently abled, elderly and people with different sexual orientation have also faced similar discrimination in socio-economic and political aspects of life.
New Delhi: Caste, gender and religion continue to be reasons for discriminating against minorities in the country, according to a report assessing India’s 10 sustainable development goals, released by a civil society group on Thursday. The report, Sustainable Development Goals: Agenda 2030, coordinated by citizen’s collective Wada Na Todo Abhiyan, was released ahead of the government’s presentation of its report on Sustainable Development Goals at a high level forum in New York this month. According to the civil society report, gender inequalities have curbed the progress of women in India, while caste has played an important role in the exclusion of a community which consists of more than 201 million people in the country. The report said religious minorities, differently abled, elderly and people with different sexual orientation have also faced similar discrimination in socio-economic and political aspects of life.