We help organizations develop customized diversity and inclusion initiatives that advance strategic objectives within the legal margins. The purpose of Littler's podcasts is to provide helpful information for employers, addressing the latest developments in labor and employment relations. They are not a substitute for experienced legal counsel and do not provide legal advice or attempt to address the numerous factual issues that arise in any employment-related issue.
115 - The New Call to Action in a COVID-19 Era: The D&I Challenge Ahead for the Legal Industry
Littler Principal Cindy-Ann Thomas, Mishell Parreno Taylor, Littler Shareholder, and Kiara Harlow, Senior Recruiting Director of The Partners Group, present a multifaceted examination of the diversity and inclusion challenges ahead for the legal industry as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.
In this podcast, Cindy-Ann and her guests address the following:
• How will the pandemic crisis and associated fiscal fallout affect the legal industry’s efforts in the D&I space?
• Why and how are female attorneys and attorneys of color disproportionally affected by the steps that law firms have taken to weather the crisis?
• How does the killing of George Floyd and the resulting nationwide social unrest compound the pandemic crisis and further impact the industry’s efforts in D&I?
• What can law firms do to protect any gains they have made to advance diversity in the profession since recovering from the last global crisis?
114 - The Other Ugly Virus of 2020: Anti-Asian Bias
In the midst of our current global health crisis, the deliberate use of terms like “Chinese flu” and “Wuhan virus” has underscored hundreds of reports of racism and xenophobia directed to Asian-Americans. The spike has been so high that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently called on employers to be more attentive about creating “respectful workplaces” as reports continue to emerge about the harassment and mistreatment directed to people of Asian descent, in reaction to the novel coronavirus.
In this podcast, Littler Principal Cindy-Ann Thomas and her guests, Littler Shareholder Tahl Tyson and businesswoman Jeanne Guanzon discuss the following issues, among others:
• Reasons for the persistent rhetoric pertaining to original terms given to COVID-19
• The historical, cyclical and personal realities of anti-Asian bias in the U.S.
• The roles that leaders must play in dialing down “otherness” and “exclusion” - particularly in times of crisis.
• What affirmative steps can organizations - and their leaders - take to bridge this developing divide in a post-COVID-19 world.
113 - Rethinking Training – Bystander Intervention and Diversity & Inclusion Sessions
Asha Santos, Shareholder in Littler’s Boston office, explains the purpose of bystander intervention training and the value of diversity and inclusion sessions in today's workplace.
112 - What’s in a Name? Stamping Out Bias in Employment Screening Processes
Implicit bias in the workplace can start as early as the application process. A key study conducted by National Bureau of Economic Research found that significantly fewer employers responded to resumes listing stereotypically “black-sounding” names than resumes including similar qualifications but listing “white-sounding names.” Job advertisements might include words or phrases that – by accident or design – tend to draw applicants of a certain race or gender. How can employers recognize these unconscious biases in hiring and take steps to address them? Cindy-Ann Thomas, Littler Principal and Co-Chair of the firm's EEO and Diversity and Inclusion practice group, discusses these issues with Littler Shareholder Jeffrey Hanslick and Amy Peterson, Director of Parker and Lynch and Ajilon professional search firm.
111 - The Incredible Shrinking Woman’s Earnings: The Gap is Bigger Than We Thought!
A newly-released study by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) states that the gender wage gap is more dismal than we thought. For every dollar earned by a man in a 15-year period, the study says, the average woman only makes 49 cents – and not 80 cents.
Littler Principal Cindy-Ann Thomas and her guest, Littler Shareholder Yvette Gatling, examine the issue, discussing:
• Some of the - well-known and lesser-known - reasons for the discrepancy between the long-held 20-cent shortfall and the IWPR’s latest finding of a 51-cent shortfall
• Best practices and organizational trends in responding to the wage gap
• The issue of organizational messaging about “pro-family” policies
110 - But Companies Cannot Bear the Burden Alone
Last month, we focused on what courageous steps organizations will have to take in response to emerging cultural shift reflected in movements that include “#MeToo” and “Times Up.” However, if meaningful culture change is going to ever happen, is too much of the national conversation focused on what companies need to do?
Littler Principal Cindy-Ann Thomas and Rockhurst University Communication Professor, Dr. LaKresha Graham consider the following:
• Why “Training Day” can’t be the only solution to changing dysfunctional gender dynamics and response cultures in the workplace
• The link between early gender-based socialization messages and the proliferation of sexism at work
• What and how other entities can work to preempt the various forms of gender-based disrespect that eventually show up at work.
If you would like to hear more from Cindy-Ann about this topic, she will be a Littler panelist on this year’s Executive Employer’s Diversity Summit.