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Saturday, March 26, 2005

Women in the Workplace Just Can’t Win, Says GenderPAC


Harvard University librarian claims she was denied promotion because she is black and perceived as just a “pretty girl” whose attire was too “sexy”

WASHINGTON - In federal court this week, Desiree Goodwin says her supervisor told her she would never be promoted because she was “a joke” at the university library, where she “was seen merely as a pretty girl who wore sexy outfits, low cut blouses, and tight pants.” The Gender Public Advocacy Coalition said that gender stereotypes about how women should dress and act puts too many female workers in a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” bind.

Earlier this year, a federal court in Nevada upheld the firing of a woman who had worked at the same place for 21 years because she refused to wear high heels and make-up under a new “personal best” dress code

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