In the News

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.

Jan 24, 2019

The CEE's own Carly McCann and Donald Tomaskovic-Devey were featured guests on WGBY Springfield's Connecting Point, discussing findings from their recently published Sexual Harassment in the Workplace.

Watch the full interview from 2:10 to 13:48 through the Connecting Points Livestream



Jan 10, 2019

Donald Tomaskovic-Devey and co-author Dustin Avent-Holt have published Relational Inequalities: An Organizational Approach through Oxford University Press. The book offers a new theory of inequality stressing the role of intersectional relationships in their organizational and institutional contexts, introduces the first fully developed economic sociology of inequality, and provides suggestions for courses that address these issues of inequality and stratification.

More information on the book can be found through the Oxford Press.

Dec 12, 2018

"After reporting lewd and inappropriate behavior by her boss over several years, Laurie West said she was assigned to a different manager in September—and that’s when a new set of problems began."

Read the rest of reporter Lauren Weber's article for the Wall Street Journal, which uses data from our latest report on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, and includes personal accounts from employees who have attempted to file workplace sexual harassment complaints. 


Nov 16, 2018

Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting

A new report by Reveal fdetails plans by Federal labor officials to release diversity numbers for numerous government contractors including Oracle and Palantir Technologies. This is the latest of many stories related to diversity in Silicon Valley and other tech companies undertaken, stemming from a partnership between Reveal and the CEE. Over the past year, we've worked to analyze diversity statistics for over 177 companies in Silicon Valley and otherwise. 

For additional reading, here's our report from earlier this year "Is Silicon Valley Tech Diversity Possible Now?"

Nov 7, 2018

Sojourner Magaine 

Where should you live if you are a white woman wanting to be a top executive? The answer might surprise you. According to a new report on workplace diversity, after Washington, D.C., the state with the most white women represented in top executive positions is New Mexico. And if you’re a white man? Well, any state will do. Though California is your best bet — white men are overrepresented in C-suite positions by 143.9 percent. The information is courtesy of a new report on workplace discrimination by The Center for Employment Equity at the University of Massachusetts.

Oct 31, 2018

This new report from the Movement Advancement Project finds that 48% of LGBT persons live in states that do not prohibit workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Their findings rely on data from the CEE's own July report "New Evidence from the Frontlines on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination."