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Philadelphia Gender Discrimination Lawyers Discuss American Philosophical Association Effort to Prevent Sexual Harassment

April 16th, 2013

The American Philosophical Association (APA) announced recently that it will assemble a committee to explore issues of gender discrimination and sexual harassment in Philosophy departments across the country.  The committee will examine and debate these issues for the next six months, and in November it will release a report with recommendations for preventing gender discrimination in the workplace.  The APA hopes to develop some concrete strategies to improve the workplace environment for female employees.

Philosophy in higher education is a largely male-dominated field, and recently instances of sexual harassment have been on the rise.  The APA estimates that male faculty members outnumber female faculty members 4 to 1.  The subject matter, particularly the classics, seems to lend itself to misogyny, although a shift is already being made within the classroom to close the gender gap.  The committee will focus mainly on issues confronting women outside of the classroom.

Committee Will Examine Gender Discrimination Within Philosophy Departments

One of the committee’s goals is to get a firmer grasp of just how prevalent the issue of sexual harassment is among Philosophy departments.  There is a wealth of anecdotal evidence of discrimination, but it’s difficult to say what portions of the female employees are experiencing gender discrimination.  The committee will also examine how other disciplines, such as Religion and History, have addressed the issue of gender discrimination, and which of their policies might prove helpful to the APA.

Philosophy faculty members have not been silent on the issue of gender equality in their departments.  Recently, the conversation about sexual harassment has dominated numerous blogs, raising awareness of the issue and the efforts to combat it.  Philosophers have gone so far as to boycott conferences that featured exclusively male speakers and have been more vigilant about identifying hiring and tenure processes that could be discriminatory.  The committee hopes to give departments a comprehensive approach to creating a safe, comfortable working environment for all employees.

Philadelphia Gender Discrimination Law Firm of Sidney L. Gold & Associates Advocates for Victims of Discrimination

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) defines sexual harassment as any verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that affects an individual’s employment, interferes with an individual’s work performance, or creates a hostile or offensive working environmentSexual harassment is a form of gender discrimination, and it is prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  In addition to federal law, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as local municipalities such as Philadelphia, have their own laws in place to protect employees from gender discrimination.  If you have been a victim of sexual harassment or another form of gender discrimination, you may be entitled to monetary compensation under one or more of these laws.

The Philadelphia workplace discrimination attorneys at Sidney L. Gold & Associates have been representing victims of sexual harassment in Pennsylvania and New Jersey for over 30 years.  Our knowledgeable, professional team of Pennsylvania and New Jersey employment lawyers will examine your case and take the appropriate steps to remedy the situation, including recovery of damages. The employment discrimination lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates have offices in Philadelphia and serve clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  Call us today at 215-569-1999 or contact us online.

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