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Dec 11, 2019

CEE Research Director recently published a co-authored study with Mary Davis 

The article, published in the journal Public Health, analyzes the effects of gig economy work on worker health. Their findings show that the piece rate system used in gig economy work, in which the rate of pay might increase or decrease on a job-by-job basis, had significant negative impacts on worker wellbeing. While this pay type is upheld as a means of increasing efficiency, Davis & Hoyt find that the constant demand placed on workers to produce most impacts the health of low-wage, female, and non-white workers. 

Read the complete study here through Science Direct.

Nov 1, 2019

Fidan Ana Kurtulus, economics, spoke in favor of broad-based employee ownership of firms and cooperatives and how governments can enact policies to encourage the adoption and prevalence of employee ownership and cooperatives at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Thursday, Oct. 24. Kurtulus was part of an expert panel held by the UNGA Economic and Financial Committee (Second Committee) to understand emerging models of economic activities and their implications for sustainable development. The Committee aims to identify policy options for maximizing the benefits of emerging economic activities and minimizing their risks. 

Her research has shown that co-operative firms (with broad-based employee ownership) are more resilient in economic recessions and linked to greater job security. They are also more environmentally conscious and better at retaining workers.

Read the full release from the UMass-Amherst Press Office here.


Oct 23, 2019

New research from a team of researchers led by University of Massachusetts Amherst sociologist Laurel Smith-Doer (including CEE Director Don Tomaskovic-Devey) has found that in a number of science-based federal agencies, gaps and differential implementation in current standardization schemes create gendered outcomes. The research indicates that the resulting pay gaps between men and women at these agencies can also be associated with the cultural gender frames of the agencies’ field of research.

Read the Full Report via AJC  |  Read the UMass Press Release 


New CEE Article in The Conversation

Jul 29, 2019

Read the CEE's latest piece for The Conversation "Trump’s largest base of support comes from white men. Why Trump’s stoking of white racial resentment is effective – but makes all working-class Americans worse off" written by Donald Tomaskovic-Devey and Eric Hoyt. 

Read the full piece here.


Jun 20, 2019

A collaborative article produced by the Center for Employment Equity (CEE) and Reveal, the Center for Reveal the Center for Investigative Journalism won the 2019  Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Sound. The winning Reveal episode-- "The sound of disparity: Data directed Silicon Valley diversity choir"--relies on analysis of tech industry diversity by the CEE's Executive Director and UMass Professor of Sociology Donald Tomaskovic-Devey and Research Assistant JooHee Lee. 

The Diversity Choir--vocalized employment data from 177 Silicon Valley tech firms. which as listeners can hear, sounds out the considerable underrepresentation of both women and people of color in these positions. For instance, to illustrate the 73% of white tech executives, 31 of the 43 singers sang "white executives," while for the 1.4% of black executives, a single person sang "black executives."  

Listen and read more about the project here.

May 28, 2019

As part of Harvard Business School's seventh Gender and Work Research Symposium, Donald Tomaskovic-Devey presented a flash talk on the Center for Employment Equity. The two day symposium featured over 100 scholars and practitioners and explored topics including the power of women’s anger, the embodiment of courage, self-awareness for social change, and fighting unconscious bias.

Watch the talk here.


May 8, 2019

CEE Director Donald Tomaskovic-Devey testified before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on sexual harassment in the federal government.The public briefing to examined the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) enforcement efforts to combat workplace sexual harassment across the federal government, including the frequency of such claims and findings of harassment, the resources dedicated to preventing and redressing harassment, and the impact and efficacy of these enforcement efforts. 

Read more of the CEE's research into this sexual harassment through our report Employer Responses to Sexual Harassment.

Apr 24, 2019

Data from our recent report Sexual Harassment in the Workplace was cited in a brief describing VR developer Regatta's new sexual harassment training app.

Read more about the app here.



Mar 13, 2019

The CEE's own Eric Hoyt and J.D. Swerzenski have co-written an article for the Conversation titled "Skilled blue-collar jobs are growing – though women aren’t getting them." In profiling racial, gender, and geographic dynamics among craft workers--a group including carpenters, electricians, and other trade jobs--the article highlights both the growth of skilled labor employment opportunities for Black and Hispanic male workers in states such as North Dakota and Louisiana and the lack of female representation in these jobs nationwide. 

Read more here

Jan 31, 2019

The CEE's Executive Director Donald Tomaskovic-Devey and PhD candidate Safi Shams (both of the UMass-Amherst Sociology department) have coauthored a new article for the journal Social Science Research: "Racial and gender trends and trajectories in access to managerial jobs". The article investigates the managerial represenation among both Black and White men and women for a sample of private sector workplace's EEO-1 reports. The article finds that after 1990 most workplaces show few shifts in White men and White women's representation in management. Black men and women managers, in contrast, work in a more diverse and dynamic set of workplaces.  

Read the article here through Science Direct

Explore more about employment diversity trends through the CEE's data visualization.