Does Your Company Support Diversity? It Could Affect Your Pay #diversity #payequity #bias #stereotypes

A recently re-released study confirmed something many of us already knew or suspected. There are differences in pay between various employee groups for the same work.

According to “Racial Differences in Performance Pay Relationships: The Role of Diversity Climates” — a study from Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology member Yan Chen and her SIOP colleagues Ingrid Fulmer, Patrick McKay and Derek Avery — in the U.S., pay for performance relationships may differ depending on employee’s race-ethnicity and the organization’s diversity climate. The disparities are particularly acute between white, black and Hispanic colleagues.

The study examined survey data from 2005-2006 for 14,185 sales associates — mostly white and female — from more than 750 different retail stores in the U.S. Chen and her colleagues initially published their findings in 2007-2008, but were recently given permission to release the annual base-pay salary data, and thought it prudent to revisit the study with that data included.

Essentially, in organizations where the climate was less supportive of diversity, the sales-performance pay relationship waspiggy bank stronger for white than for black or Hispanic workers. Minorities received higher pay than white employees when sales performance was high. Conversely, in organizations that support diversity, white employees were paid more than black or Hispanic workers when sales performance was low.

I spoke with Chen. She speculated the pay disparity occurs because the work habits in organizations that support or do not support diversity are different. Managers tend to attribute white employees’ success to their internal skills and ability, and when they do worse, they receive the benefit of the doubt. Black and Hispanic employees, on the other hand, are subject to stereotypes. In organizational climates that are not as supportive of diversity, managers are more likely to attribute black and Hispanic employees’ success to external factors like luck or to help from others. Continue reading “Does Your Company Support Diversity? It Could Affect Your Pay #diversity #payequity #bias #stereotypes”

Patricia Arquette, I’m sure you meant well, but… #diversity #inclusion #equalpay #Oscars2015

So last night was the Oscars, and brothers Common and John Legend won big, making black history, while we’re still celebrating Black History Month. Their award-winning song “Glory” from Selma was positive and deserving, and I regret not watching the event to see them walk across that stage and do the damn thing. They gave a wonderful acceptance speech, but sadly for me, the joy over their win was overshadowed by another winner. Patricia A

Patricia Arquette also won an Oscar for her role in Boyhood, and she created quite a furor with her passionate acceptance speech calling out the pay inequities women suffer. But it was her comment during a press conference later that struck a sour note with me – and with many.

I can’t say whether she intended to slight women of color or to lump all men and all women into the same buckets as though their life experiences match like lost puzzle pieces. I can’t confirm what her intentions were beyond shining a light on the fact that women are unilaterally not paid the same as men, and there’s no reason for it. I agree with Arquette – about that. But this whole “It’s time for all the women in America — and all the men that love women and all the gay people and all the people of color that we’ve all fought for– to fight for us now.” – that’s 50 shades of crap. Continue reading “Patricia Arquette, I’m sure you meant well, but… #diversity #inclusion #equalpay #Oscars2015”

No AP History, Unless It’s Old-School American History #diversity #inclusion #education

HistoryWhen I was in school, I took AP classes in history, English and Spanish. I couldn’t tell you what specifics the curriculum covered — most days by dinnertime I couldn’t tell you what I ate for lunch — but I do remember the lively discussions that were typical of those gatherings.

There was usually a good natured argument or two going on as we chewed over the nuances of things not covered in traditional classes. That’s what makes this latest news bit I ran across so incredibly disturbing.

According to an article I read in New York Magazine, lawmakers in Oklahoma and Georgia are doing their best to ban AP classes in their respective states because — and this is the scary bit — essentially, they seem to believe that what’s not pro-American or old-school American, shouldn’t be taught at all. Continue reading “No AP History, Unless It’s Old-School American History #diversity #inclusion #education”

Kaley Cuoco: Feminism Is Not a Bad Word #gender #paygap #inequality #JenniferLawrence #KaleyCuoco

CuocoI find it astounding that women can claim they aren’t feminists, or that they don’t like the word feminist.

I suppose it depends on your perception of, or definition for, the word. I like the definition Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie used in her Ted talk, the one that subsequently went viral when Beyonce featured it in her hit Flawless: Feminist, a person who believes in the social, economic and political equality of the sexes. Simple. Any reasonable person can get behind that, right?

Which is why I’m confused when people like actress Kaley Cuoco cast even a hint of a shadow on the idea, which she kind of did in her latest Redbook interview. Continue reading “Kaley Cuoco: Feminism Is Not a Bad Word #gender #paygap #inequality #JenniferLawrence #KaleyCuoco”

Ladies, Let’s Talk About Cash #payequity #diversity #money #gender #discrimination

I often wonder whether it was the rich or the poor who first gave money a bad name.

The rich would have reason to do so because, duh, they want to remain rich. Thus, poo pooing money would make it seem less enticing for those who might have the resources and/or the wherewithal to take it from them. The poor might deny money’s appeal because they don’t have it – a simple case of denying what you really want.need cash

Of course, it’s all BS.

There’s a line I’ll never forget from cult 90s film classic Reality Bites where Winona Ryder very snidely says to Ethan Hawke, “Oh, but what’s money to an artist? To a philosopher? It’s just green-colored paper that floats in and out of his life like snow!” She was basically calling him an immature idiot, and I agree. People need money. Period. What you do with it and how you live with it, is something else. Continue reading “Ladies, Let’s Talk About Cash #payequity #diversity #money #gender #discrimination”