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Understanding the Glass Ceiling

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Women and minorities have come a long way in the workforce, but many are still passed over for top management positions in spite of their qualifications, drive, and experience. The term "glass ceiling" is used to refer to the unseen barrier that prevents women and minorities from rising to the upper echelon of the corporate ladder regardless of their qualifications to hold these top positions. In companies where a glass ceiling exists, Caucasian men typically hold all or almost all of the most senior positions, even though some women and/or minorities are better qualified to do so.

If you are experiencing the negative effects of a glass ceiling at work, an attorney from the Law Offices of Fern Trevino can help. With almost 25 years of experience exclusively representing employees in discrimination claims, the Law Offices of Fern Trevino is highly qualified to counsel and advocate for employees with gender discrimination claims. If you believe that your employer has a glass ceiling for women and/or minorities, this firm can provide legal insight and counseling that applies to the particular facts at hand.

Statistics: Female vs. Male Earnings in the Workforce

Though conditions have certainly improved through the decades, women have consistently earned less than their male counterparts and continue to do so. Statistics from 2017 show that full-time women with bachelor’s degrees or higher earn 25.1% less than their male counterparts. Full-time female employees with bachelor’s degrees and higher earn an average of ­­­$55,328 per year, compared to male employees who earned an average of $73,840 per year. Full-time women with a high school degree and no college degree earn 22.8% less than their male counterparts. Women with only a high school degree earned an average of $30,472 per year, whereas men without a college degree earned, on average, $39,468 per year. These statistics, compiled from the Women’s Bureau at the Department of Labor’s issue brief regarding the women’s earnings and the wage gap presented by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, provide one indication of the inequality that still exists in companies across the U.S.

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