Sheryl Sanberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, penned a new book called “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead.” Sanberg is the former vice president of Google. Before that, Sanberg was chief of staff to then-Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers. In 2011 she was number five on Forbes’ annual World’s 100 Most Powerful Women list, ahead of Michelle Obama. She has two degrees from Harvard and two children. In her new book, Sanberg talks about the fact that women have stopped making progress at the top of corporate America. Only 21 of the Fortune 500 CEOs are women, and the number of women at the top has been stagnant for about a decade. Sanberg argues that, if women are ever going to be equally represented, they can and should make changes so they don’t hold themselves back. Full article.

Many women chose to “lean out,” as many women wish to balance a life at work and a life at home. Some companies encourage women to balance home life and work life. Others discriminate against women by making it virtually impossible to climb the corporate ladder and raise a family. Fortunately, there are laws that protect women against such discrimination. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex. Sexual discrimination involves treating someone (an applicant or employee) unfavorably because of that person’s sex. The law forbids such sexual discrimination when it comes to any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, and any other term or condition of employment. Please visit the EEOC’s website for further information: eeoc.gov.

Leeds Brown Law PC dedicates a large portion of its practice to the area of employment discrimination. The attorneys at Leeds Brown Law PC have represented individuals throughout Long Island and the New York City area in matters of sexual harassment and sexual discrimination. For more information, contact Leeds Brown Law at 1-800-585-4658 for a free consultation or visit lmblaw.com.