Women get less severance pay

Professor Ken Thornicroft at the Universty of Victoria has discovered that when women are wrongfully fired from their jobs and sue for wrongful dismissal they receive less severance pay in court than men in similar circumstances. About 1.7 months less on average. He also conducted research on his students and found that in 600 sets of staged workplace dismissal negotiations, female students received significantly less than males. What this means is that both judges and students (male and female) have an anti-female bias. Because of this he suggests that the courts adopt a formula for severance pay based on age, position and time in job so gender stays out of the equation. Not a bad idea but it does not deal with the unfair unconscious bias and assumptions about women and what they deserve. [Source: Victoria Times Columnist, 5 June 2012]

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