Friday, February 04, 2011

Toshiba Slapped With Sex Discrimination Lawsuit

But they're not discriminating, they just haven't found any qualified women on the planet:

Toshiba’s U.S. business was slapped with a $100 million lawsuit for alleged discrimination against female employees over pay and promotion. It’s not the first time Toshiba has been in the spotlight on the broader issue of gender disparities in the workplace.

This issue was raised at the company’s shareholder meeting in Tokyo last June; during the question and answer session, one shareholder asked why Toshiba didn’t have any female executives. Like many other Japanese companies, Toshiba’s board of directors and executive officers are all male. . .

One main factor, for example, is lack of support both at home and in the society for women trying to have children while keeping their full-time jobs. About 70% of women who get pregnant quit their jobs in Japan, according to a ministry official. This also reflects the society’s expectations that women shoulder more childcare responsibilities than men.

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