In the Legal’s Diversity supplement, read about ways to combat implicit bias, the role of management in top-down diversity efforts and check out our roundtable discussion.
Breaking the Courtroom Glass Ceiling
For the last 20 years, approximately half of all law school graduates have been women. Yet, as has been widely reported, women only make up slightly more than 20 percent of the partnership at major law firms, with even fewer women becoming equity partners. Read more
The State of Sexual Orientation Discrimination Under Title VII
Until recently, no U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit had extended Title VII to include sexual orientation as a protected class, meaning that LGBTQ individuals who suffer discrimination could not avail themselves of Title VII protection from bias. On the heels of Obergefell v. Hodges—the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision favoring gay marriage—the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a July 2015 administrative decision styled as Baldwin v. Foxx in which the agency held for the first time that a person alleging sexual orientation discrimination had a cognizable claim under Title VII. Read more
Implicit Bias: The Best Ways to Combat It
We all understand what explicit biases are—they are the biases that we have that we know about. They are conscious and largely controllable. Implicit bias, unlike explicit bias, is more complex and refers to our attitudes or stereotypes that we have about a person or a group but that reside in our subconscious. These biases affect the way we act and react, but all in an unconscious manner. Read more