Professor Donald Tomaskovic-Devey (sociology) presents the final talk in this semester's Faculty Colloquium Series for the Center for Public Policy and Administration. His talk is titled “Identifying Equal and Unequal Opportunity Workplaces.”
The current regulatory function of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is largely reactive. Individuals, more rarely groups, file discrimination complaints and the EEOC reviews the complaint. Litigation is rare, most complaints are at the individual level, and ineffective in changing firm behavior. What if the EEOC could identify a set of employers with very low representation of women or minorities in the firm or in management and target them for proactive enforcement? This project aims to develop a diagnostic model, using the EEOC's own data, as to the pool of best and worst organizations in terms of the diversity of their workforce.
Tomaskovic-Devey is past chair of the sociology department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is also past secretary of the American Sociological Association and president of the Southern Sociological Society. Tomaskovic-Devey is currently doing research on the income distribution consequences of the financialization of the U.S. economy, long-term trends in workplace sex and race segregation, and developing theoretical and empirical models on the relationship between the labor process and workplace inequality. Recent publications from these projects have appeared in Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, Work & Occupations, the American Sociological Review, and the American Journal of Sociology.
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