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Many statutes forbid discrimination against women in the workplace, including the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. To claim protection effectively, it helps to have an understanding of the scope of each law — and the basic rules for filing complaints.

This article by TELG principal Adam Augustine Carter and TELG managing principal R. Scott Oswald was published by The NAWIC IMAGE on March 2, 2015. The full article is .

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Chipping Away at the Glass Ceiling: An overview of employee protections for women in the workplace

Few will say that the United States has reached the point where female employees are universally treated as equals to their male counterparts. Indeed, the American Association of University Women recently issued a report indicating that in 2013, female employees received approximately 78 cents for every dollar earned by a male employee.

Fortunately, there exist myriad protections for women who believe they are being discriminated against by their employer. What is unfortunate, however, is the extent to which many are unfamiliar with these protections. The purpose of this article is not to provide a comprehensive review of all of the employment discrimination statutes relevant to women in the workplace; rather, we seek only to offer a brief overview of the statutes that specifically protect women from discrimination and provide some pointers on how women can exercise their rights under each.