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Glass Ceilings

Understanding the Glass Ceiling

Chicago Discrimination Attorney

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. If you are experiencing the negative effects of a glass ceiling at work, seek counsel to understand your rights and how to preserve any claim you may have.

Statistics - Female vs. Male Earnings in the Workforce

Though conditions have certainly improved, 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.

If you believe that your employer has a glass ceiling for women and/or minorities, seek guidance from a qualified employment attorney.

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