Legal Workplace: Women Overcoming Obstacles

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The legal workplace is a high demand job that requires a lot of sacrifices to achieve success. Attorneys at law work over the standard forty hours per week, and have to sacrifices many parts of their social life for their jobs. Women in law find work even more stressful and difficult to balance with home life because attorneys have high demand jobs. Women attorneys have to find a balance between the demands of practicing law and the demands of their traditional gender roles on the homestead. The legal workplace is unfortunately victim to discrimination, whether discrimination is quid pro quo, hostile work environment, or wrongful termination. However, the legal workplace is changing and adapting to a more gender-neutral workplace environment. Discrimination is taken more seriously, especially since women are in a protected class under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act in 1964. Young women, adolescents and children, are being encouraged from a young age to strive for success in the same frame of mind as men. In other words, young women are not being as encouraged to be housewives. Independence is strongly encouraged. Finally, legal workplaces are redesigning their organizations to better accommodate for female specific needs, such as maternity leave. The legal workplace is evolving into an equal playing field between genders by raising awareness about discrimination, encouraging young women, and implementing policies that support female specific needs. Women in the legal workplace suffered discrimination for many years because of the preconception that law is men’s work. In recent years, discrimination has received more attention. Discrimination in the workplace is now a hot topic in employment law and policy making. Employers ar... ... middle of paper ... ... July 11, 2010. http://www.lawyersweekly.com.au/news/firms-increase-parental-leave (accessed March 15, 2012). First New York City Bar, "Parental Leave Policies and Practices for Attorneys: Committee On Women In the Profession," The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, no. August (2007): 8-21, First New York City Bar, "Parental Leave Policies and Practices for Attorneys: Committee On Women In the Profession," The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, no. August (2007): 8-21, Judith S. Kaye, "Women Lawyers in Big Firms: A Study in Progress Toward Gender Equality," Fordham Law Review, 57, no. 1 (1988): 111-126, Carolyn McAllaster, and Jennifer Brobst, "The North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys: Creating Camaraderie, Nurturing Leaders, and Protecting the Rights of Women," The North Carolina State Bar Journal, no. Fall (2011): 15,

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