While a company certainly cannot stop an employee from filing a gender discrimination suit, perhaps it can prevent women from feeling that a lawsuit is the only solution. Or, at a minimum, if the company does find itself in the unfortunate position of being in a courtroom, it can present viable arguments that it makes every effort to truly give women the same opportunities as men.
Ready or not, the marketplace is changing. In fact, it has changed. I attended the Pennsylvania Conference for Women in November where approximately 8,000 women from the area participated in a day of sharing ideas, learning from each other and networking.
It is widely accepted that in order to be competitive in today’s global marketplace, companies must demonstrate a commitment to the advancement and success of women. As a result, many mid-sized and large companies and professional service firms have a gender diversity initiative. So, why is it that Women In the Workplace and Lean In’s recent joint study (the ‘Women in the Workplace Study’) of 118 U.S. companies and almost 30,000 employees revealed that women are still grossly unrepresented in positions of leadership and face real and actual barriers to advancement and success?