In the News

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." 


Oct 19, 2018

UMass researchers Michael Ash and James Boyce call into quesiton the argument that living near to industrial polluters can be offset by job opportunities. Using data from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and U.S. Environmental Agency databases, they found that for minorities in particular, living near to a factory rarely translated to better job prospects. 


Sep 26, 2018

Read CEE Executive Director Donald Tomaskovic-Devey's interview with WalletHub, part of a larger investigation into diversity statistics in the U.S. Their study show that while U.S. is moving toward greater demographic diversity than ever before, many elements of American society have not gone along with this trend. Among CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, 73% are white, and only 1 in 20 is female. These data visualizations provide a wide-ranging picture of diversity in America, as categorized by race, income, education, linguistic background, and several other factors. 

Apr 14, 2018

Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting obtained never-before-released diversity data for 177 large tech companies headquartered in the Bay Area. Perhaps it won’t surprise many listeners that people of color and women are underrepresented in Silicon Valley, but the scale of the diversity is stark.


Nov 5, 2017

The U.S. oil industry is trying to find a new generation of workers in a country that is becoming more diverse. But a history of sexism and racism is making that difficult.

The oil industry has struggled to solve its diversity problem despite having some big advantages. It's a wealthy industry accustomed to taking on complicated challenges (think deep-water offshore drilling and fracking). And oil and gas companies already have decades of experience operating all over the world in various environments. Still, the diversity problem persists.

Oct 27, 2017

As Next Avenue has noted, there are huge wealth and income disparities between blacks and whites in America (average wealth of white families was more than $500,000 higher than African Americans in 2013 and whites in 2015 earned $25.22 an hour, on average, compared with $18.49 for blacks). But what accounts for the huge labor market disparities between blacks and whites, such as an unemployment rate that’s been roughly twice as high for blacks than whites since the 1970s? And what can be done to lessen these disparities?