Ask any working woman (or gay/lesbian or person of color) and they will tell you that discrimination is alive and well.
Ask their executive bosses and they will tell you that’s true, but not at their company.
In other words, “they” discriminate, “we” don’t.
Or, as Jonathan Segal, partner at the law firm Duane Morris LLP so aptly puts it.
We all know there is unconscious bias. It’s just others who have it. We all know there are Boys’ Clubs. It’s at the company next door.
It’s hard for many people to believe that their organization could have a Boys’ Club. That they could be part of a Boys’ Club is inconceivable because it is inconsistent with how they see themselves.
In some ways, such denial is not unlike the denial of addiction. The first step in recovery is acknowledging the problem. The first step toward dismantling a Boys’ Club is to acknowledge it may exist.
Of course, that denial only lasts until you are sued.
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