Blanchard & Walker Weekly

Topic of the Week  Women Changing the Landscape of Work

This Women's History Month, it's time to admit that the breaking through the glass ceiling simply isn't enough.

We have to make it our floor.

The workplace wasn't created with gender equality and the success of women in mind. When you add race, age, identity and sexual orientation into the equation, it's hard to ignore the systemic disparities that continue to exist. Bias and normalized cultural stereotypes continue to expose themselves at work and beyond through discriminationharassmentpay inequitiesretaliation and more.

Throughout March, we'll be highlighting individuals who are transforming the landscape of work across the country. We'll also be sharing valuable information on the legal rights and laws that protect women in the workplace. 

Learn more about your rights against discrimination at work here.

Thought of the Week

"While we certainly have a long way to go, I’m excited by the increasing number of women CEOs leading IPOs and large funding rounds. As this moves from an anomaly to an expectation, we will see more investor support for women leaders at all levels in 2022—giving a chance for more voices and styles to build the next generation of companies."

–Amanda Richardson, CEO at Coderpad

Weekly Comic by Jerry King

Weekly Comic by Jerry King

Blog of the Week

Top Five News Headlines

    List of the Week

    from UN Women

    Facts on Women in the Workplace:

    • Women make up 49.6% of the workforce
    • Globally, women only make 77 cents to a man's dollar
    • Only 28% of women worldwide have access to maternity leave


    • Working off the Clock – Alro Steel FLSA Overtime Pay Lawsuit May 30, 2022

      Federal Court Orders Notice to Alro Steel Employees in Nationwide Overtime Lawsuit

      Blanchard & Walker sent the court approved notice to 2500+ Alro Steel employees who may have a right to seek recover for off-the-clock uncompensated time at Alro Steel facilities throughout the country. Federal District Court Judge Murphy for the Eastern District of Michigan, granted conditional certification and ordered notice of FLSA rights to opt-in for current and former warehouse employees of Alro Steel Corporation. (more…)

    • The End of Forced Arbitration for Survivors of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment March 8, 2022

      On March 3, 2022, President Biden signed the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault & Sexual Harassment Act. This law is one significant step forward in the fight to end arbitration contracts that deny access to the Courts for violations of fundamental workplace rights.

      For far too long, countless survivors, workers, and consumers have been silenced by forced arbitration. (more…)


      News Update: Promised Waivers fall short.  According to recent reporting, the waiver program was much smaller than promised.  Although waivers for 55,000 more claimants is a good step forward, it fell short of the 382,000 promised and as of May 12, 2022 there is still no explanation about when or if more will be coming.