Entries by Littler.com

“Articulate” As a Compliment? We Need to Talk

In the weeks leading up to and during the historic confirmation hearings of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, the first Black female justice was repeatedly recognized by a number of senators for being so “articulate” while being questioned. The “compliment” resonated at the same frequency as fingernails screeching across a chalkboard for many listeners.
Littler Principal Cindy-Ann Thomas and her special guest, Professor Inte’a DeShields: …

What’s Golf Got to Do with It? Linking Fairway Sand Traps to Workplace Equity Gaps

Golf is one of the most significant informal business networks and approximately half of all women feel like their exclusion from these gateways is among the key challenges to reaching the highest echelons of corporate leadership. As a prelude to the 2022 edition of the “Masters Season,” Littler Principal Cindy-Ann Thomas explores how enduring barriers in recreational golf impact meaningful access and equity gains for women in corporate America. …

Conversations with Women: Perspectives from Littler Alumnae

In this episode of our Women’s History Month podcast series, Conversations with Women, Jacqueline Polito (Rochester) talks with two special Littler alumnae, Meyling Ly Ortiz, Managing Counsel at Toyota, and Eboneé Lewis, Associate General Counsel at BD, a global medical technology company. Sharing personal stories of support, Mey and Eboneé provide their perspectives on the importance of elevating – and being elevated by – their female colleagues every day in the workplace.   …

All Rise… For the Move to Boost Diversity on the U.S. Supreme Court

When President Biden revealed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as his nominee to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, history was made. If her nomination is successful, Judge Jackson will be the first Justice in the Court’s 233-year history who is a Black woman.
Littler Principal Cindy-Ann Thomas and her special guest, the Honorable Bernice Bouie Donald, a federal judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, explore: …

A Conversation on Black Health and Wellness with Dr. Adia Gooden: Part One

In the first of a two-part podcast celebrating Black History Month, Littler associates Jason Byrd (New York) and Jo Gbujama (San Francisco) talk with licensed clinical psychologist and author, Dr. Adia Gooden, about the impact of systemic health inequity on Black Americans, and the importance of self-advocacy and being heard when it comes to resolving health issues.  …

Guarding Against Guilt: The War on “WOKE”- At Work (Part 2)

As a follow-up to last week’s podcast about a proposed law to ban private companies from delivering diversity or discrimination-prevention training that inflicts any “guilt,” “anguish,” or “discomfort” due to historic wrongs, this episode explores the implications for employers.
Littler Principal Cindy-Ann Thomas and her guests, Lori A. Brown, Littler Shareholder and Andrea Cisco, Chief Operating Officer of the Future Work Institute: …

Guarding Against Guilt: The War on “WOKE”- In Context (Part 1)

In case you missed it, legislation designed to prohibit public schools and private businesses from inflicting any “guilt,” “anguish” or “discomfort” due to historic wrongs related to race or sex during diversity or anti-discrimination training was introduced in Florida last month. While the bill – which is being promoted as a move to protect “individual freedoms” – is a few stages away from becoming law, the move to ban discomfort is becoming an increasingly familiar refrain for learning initiatives across the country. …