Workplace Fairness

2025

Women Employed’s 2020 Priorities

Making college affordable, accessible, and equitable. Strengthening career pathways to family-sustaining wages. Improving job quality for all working people. Advancing gender equity at work. Read about Women Employed’s 2020 priorities.

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2019

2019 Annual Report

Victory. At Women Employed, when we celebrate a victory, it means more women are safe and respected at work. More people have access to the training and education they need to take the next step to something better. It’s peace of mind. Dignity. This year, we have some huge victories to celebrate, and that’s good news for us all. Read about those victories in our 2019 Annual Report.

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2019

No Salary History and Pay Equity Toolkit

On September 29th, 2019, Illinois’ new No Salary History Law takes effect, barring employers from seeking information about the past wages of job applicants during the hiring process. It’s a major advance for gender pay equity—the practice of factoring past wages into salary offers is a major contributing factor to persistent wage gaps. In advance of the law’s effective date, Women Employed has created a set of tools to help employers and job seekers navigate this change.

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2019

Derechos Laborales de Trabajadoras Embarazadas

Pregnancy and Employment Under Illinois Law (Spanish Version). Provides an overview, in Spanish, of the Illinois law that protects your rights on the job when you are pregnant, including rights to reasonable accommodations, plus information on where you can go for help.

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2019

Employment Rights Under Federal Law

An overview of federal laws protecting your rights when you’re on the job, interviewing, or leaving a job, plus information on where you can go for help.

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2019

Employment Rights Under Illinois Law

An overview of Illinois laws.

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2019

Facts About the Family and Medical Leave Act

An overview of the provisions of this federal law permitting unpaid leave from work to care for family members and information to help you determine if you are eligible.

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2019

Filing an Employment Discrimination Charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

A step-by-step guide on what to expect when filing.

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2019

Filing an Employment Discrimination Charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in Chicago

A step-by-step guide on what to expect when filing at the Chicago District Office.

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2019

Pregnancy and Employment Under Illinois Law

Provides an overview of the Illinois law that protects your rights on the job when you are pregnant, including rights to reasonable accommodations, plus information on where you can go for help.

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2019

Sexual Harassment

Explains what sexual harassment is, how it is defined by law, and what you can do if you are sexually harassed.

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2019

Your Rights When You Are Pregnant

Explains the laws related to being pregnant on the job and provides tips to prepare for your maternity leave.

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2018

2018 Annual Report

Doubling Down on Rising Up, Together. Since 1973, Women Employed has been making change in the workplace to elevate us all. We have stood up for equal opportunity and economic advancement. We have paved the way for millions to get their degrees. And we have leveraged partnerships to make it happen. We are bringing people to the table to build a movement to improve the lives of working women and their families.

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2018

A Letter to Senator Durbin on the Kavanaugh Hearing

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2018

Almost a Year After #MeToo, There’s Still Further to Go

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2018

How the Model Minority Myth Hurts Equal Pay Efforts

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2018

I was asked about my past wages in a job interview. So what’s the problem?

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2018

Women Employed’s 2019 Illinois Women’s Agenda

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2017

Help Combat Sexual Harassment

Explains what sexual harassment is, how it is defined by law, and what you can do if you or someone else is sexually harassed.

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2017

2017 Annual Report

Moving Forward, Together. In a tumultuous year for our country, we have forged ahead to ensure all women can access fair workplaces, quality jobs, and education and training leading to better opportunities. In this report, you’ll read about crucial advances we’ve made this year on equal pay, paid sick time, and pathways to college and careers. The key to our success is you.

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2017

Chicago and Cook County Earned Sick Time Ordinances

Learn more about the Chicago and Cook County earned sick time ordinances.

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2017

Healthy Workplace Act Fact Sheet

This fact sheet provides information on the Healthy Workplace Act, a bill that would allow Illinois workers to earn up to five paid sick days per year.

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2017

How I Missed Out On Over $350,000 Working in Technology

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2017

It’s Native Women’s Equal Pay Day, Not Equal ‘Other’ Pay Day

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2017

Until all women have equal pay, let’s mark Equal Pay Day for all

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2016

2016 Annual Report

This is How Change Happens. It’s never a straight line. Advocacy campaigns are long battles with many twists and turns. New discoveries, barriers, and tactics emerge. Over four decades, Women Employed has developed the strategic know-how, flexibility, and tenacity it takes to win. This report recounts the winding path to two vital advances for working women.
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2016

Sample Parental Leave Policy

This document is a sample Parental Leave Policy outlining a minimum standard that employers can use to craft their own.

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2015

2015 Annual Report

Not you. Not me. It’s we. The voices of working women are at the heart of our 2015 annual report. Although the women we heard from had widely varying life experiences, we heard strong commonalities: a yearning to do the best for their families, the importance of financial stability and security, a desire for work that is respected and fulfilling, a belief in fairness, and the importance of speaking up for change.
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2014

Tackling Unstable and Unpredictable Work Schedules

Unpredictable and unstable work schedules leave many workers in a constant state of economic instability and personal turmoil. This policy brief explores scheduling problems and highlights policy solutions and employer practices that would allow workers the time and economic security they need to care for their families, while also helping employers maximize the value their workers provide.

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2014

The Reality of Unstable and Unpredictable Schedules

What is life like when you’re a low-wage worker with an unstable and unpredictable work schedule? This fact sheet breaks it down, illustrating how volatile scheduling leaves many workers in a constant state of economic instability and personal turmoil. It also shows how this practice is bad for employers and business, as well as highlighting policy solutions that would help many workers achieve the economic security they need to care for their families.

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2012

Chicago’s Growing Low-Wage Workforce: A Profile of Falling Labor Market Fortunes

This research report examines the changing demographics of Chicago’s growing low-wage workforce and provides solutions to address the economic crisis low-wage work inflicts on families and communities.

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2011

Your Rights on the Job: Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to some common questions around severance agreements if you’ve been laid off, whether you should hire an attorney if you feel you’ve faced discrimination, how to respond to potentially discriminatory questions, and what your rights are if you’ve been fired.

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2003

Pathways and Progress: Best Practices to Ensure Fair Compensation (Full Report)

What are the most common barriers to fair compensation, and what are the most effective ways that organizations can overcome them? This cutting-edge report on compensation practices outlines flexible approaches and proven solutions that work for businesses and nonprofits of all sizes. Learn how leading employers have used these approaches to improve their compensation practices and obtain tools that are applicable to any organization.

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2000

Raising Women’s Pay

An agenda and series of recommendations that offer concrete solutions to the problems of unequal pay, occupational segregation, glass ceiling discrimination, and low-wage and temporary work.

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