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A workforce with language skills cultural sensitivity

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Unformatted text preview: nto management ranks - Only a very few women or persons of color have achieved highest positions in corporate America The Glass Ceiling - Invisible barrier that exists in reaching these higher leels has been named the glass ceiling - Reasons for the glass ceiling: - Recent advances shows the glass ceiling cracking Women and Minority Business Ownership - Some women and minorities have chosen to avoid the glass ceiling by opening up their own businesses - There are 5.8 million minority- owned businesses in the US Equal Employment Opportunity - Government involvement in securing equal employment for all began in the 1960s on a large scale - Is defined as discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, or age - In US is prohibited in all employment practices - Gov contractors must have written affirmative action plans - Women and men must receive equal pay for performing the same duties Affirmative Action - Government contractors been required to have affirmative action plans to heal the inequities of employment. - Affirmative action became increasingly controversial in the 1990s and 2000s. - Some women and persons of color called for less emphasis on affirmative action, preferring to achieve personal success without preferential treatment. Sexual Harassment Occurs at work when: - Any employee, woman or man, experiences repeated, unwanted sexual attention or - When on- the- job conditions are hostile or threatening in a sexual way - It includes both physical conduct – - It can also occur if a company’s work climate is blatantly and offensively sexual or intimidating to employees. Racial Harassment Is also illegal, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act Under EEOC guidelines, ethnic slurs, derogatory comments, or other verbal or physical harassment based on race are against the law, if they create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment or interfere with an individual’s work performance. Preventing Sexual and Racial Harassment In 1998, the Supreme Court ruled that companies could deflect lawsuits by taking two steps: - Develop a zero- tolerance policy on harassment and communicate it clearly to employees - Establish a complaint procedure – including way to report incidents without retaliation – and act quickly to resolve any problems Diversity Policies and Practices Well- run companies go beyond required legal actions to welcome employees of all backgrounds Actions taken by compan...
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