Women -- and men -- at all income levels report harassment, retaliation, and even outright firing by their employers once their caregiving responsibilities become known. Reported cases of family responsibility discrimination are on the rise: lawsuits filed by employees with family caregiving obligations have increased almost 400% in the past decade, while the number of reports of pregnancy discrimination rose 35 percent over the past ten years.
The first article in the Washington Post's three-part series on myths about women in business focuses on the notion that women employees make less than their male counterparts because women are less aggressive about asking for raises. After studying the career paths of "high-potential" male and female workers, Catalyst's Nancy Carter and Christine Silva found that for women, initiating conversations about compensation did not add up to faster compensation growth. If anything, "as both men’s and women’s careers progress, the gender gap in level and pay gets even wider," leading the researchers to conclude that "[p]erhaps it’s not that women don’t ask—but that men don’t have to."