In the News

Jun 19, 2020

On a video edition of the American Medical Association's Ethics Talk podcast, CEE Executive Director Donald Tomaskovic-Devey spoke with AMA's journal editor in chief, Dr Audiey Kao  about the social and economic hurdles confronted by those among us in low-wage jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Watch the full interview here


Jun 18, 2020

CEE Director M.V. Lee Badgett was quoted in an article in the Associated Press related to the recent Supreme Court ruling on LGBT+ discrimination in the workplace. Badgett notes that even with the ruling, employers should still try "to be proactive"when looking at gender gaps or maybe racial wage gaps."

Read the full article through AP


Jun 12, 2020

CEE Director Donald Tomaskovic-Devey was interviewed by the Scripps National News network "Pledges to increase workplace diversity," which discusses findings from our recent What Works report on workplace equity and racial justice.The segment ran on 60 local news stations across the country, including Denver, Cleveland, Boise, Kansas City, Miami, Nashville, Tuscon, and Baltimore. 

Watch the Interview here

May 13, 2020

In a new article for the HBR"Diversity and Inclusion Efforts That Really Work" Stanford Sociologist David Pedulla details of What Works, a six-chapter report bringing together work from CEE Director Donald Tomaskovic-Devey as well as other prominent scholars. Summarizing content from the full  report, Pedulla offers advice for companies looking to improve diversity and inclusion within the workplace including deploying alternative complaint systems, testing for biased technology, and involve managers from the start. 

Read the Full Article at the Harvard Business Report

Read the full What Works Report 

May 6, 2020

The UMass Amherst Labor Center researchers Clare Hammonds and Jasmine Kerrissey have released a new report outlining the safety and security concerns essential workers in Western Mass are feeling during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their survey of over 1,600 essential workers showed an alarming lack of effort on the part of employers to keep workplaces safe, with many respondents claiming they were unable to practice social distancing on the job, lacked access face masks, hand sanitizer, and hand-washing opportunities, and were discouraged from disclosing health information with co-workers. 

Read the full report through the UMass Labor Center

Apr 15, 2020

In a new report in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science (PNAS), lead author Donald Tomaskovic-Devey and a team of 27 international researchers detail their examination of roughly 25 years of administrative records covering more than 2 billion job-years nested within more than 50 million workplace-years for 14 high-income countries: Canada, Czechia, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, South Korea, Sweden and the United States. Their findings show the between-workplace share of wage inequality is growing in 12 of 14 high-income countries studied, and that the countries vary a great deal in their levels and trends in overall earnings inequality.

Read the full article at Science X

Apr 10, 2020

CEE Co-Director M.V. Lee Badgett's latest report “Collecting LGBT+ Data for Diversity: Initiating Self-ID at IBM” was featured on the Springfield Republican's MassLive. The IBM report makrs the first in a series of reports that will assess the impact of company policies and practices to increase LGBT+ inclusivity and diversity.

Read the full story at MassLive


COVID-19's Affect on Service Workers Report Published in The Conversation

Apr 2, 2020

CEE researchers Donald-Tomaskovic Devey, Eric Hoyt, Rodrigo Dominguez-Villegas, and  J.D. Swerzenski published a new article in the Conversation titled "How the coronavirus recession puts service workers at risk." Early estimates suggest that between 14 million and 37 million jobs could be lost during the initial spread of COVID-19. It is service workers who will take the brunt of this recession, both by risking exposure to COVID-19 or by facing unemployment because of it. Workers receiving the lowest hourly wages are more likely to lack the financial resources, health care and sick leave to deal with the crisis.

Read the article through The Conversation

Feb 5, 2020

The Boston Business Journal covered our recent research into top 5 and bottom 5 cities for Hispanic executive employment across the U.S. Their Article--"UMass study asks, Where are the Hispanic executives?"--also includes Boston-specific data with regards to Hispanic involvement in boardroom positions.

Read the full article through the Boston Business Journal here.  


Jan 22, 2020

CEE researchers J.D. Swerzenski, Donald-Tomaskovic Devey, and Eric Hoyt published a new article in the Conversation titled "Where Are the Hispanic Executives?" Despite making up over 17% of the overall workforce in the U.S., Hispanics hold only 4.4% of executive positions in mid-sized and large private companies according to EEOC data. By profiling Hispanic represenatation among executives in the 50 largest U.S. cities, the report details not only where Hispanic executives do and don't have access to high-paying and high-powered boardroom positions, but the factors that might affect the wide gap in representation. 

Read the full article in The Conversation.