Attorney Carney Shegerian, founder of the Los Angeles-based employment discrimination firm Shegerian & Associates, recently released comments following Fox International Channel CMO Liz Dolan’s resignation as the sole female member the board of directors for Quicksilver, an action sports and apparel company.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Dolan resigned in protest, citing unconscious gender bias as the reason for the behavior of fellow board members who allegedly left Dolan out of conversations about terminating Quicksilver CEO Andy Mooney, and hiring his successor Pierre Agnus.
“Unconscious bias based on gender is an issue that is reaching unparalleled heights in the workplace, and will continue to have a ripple effect into corporate board rooms across the nation until top executives learn to drop unfair assumptions about a woman’s ability to maintain a consistently professional demeanor as an employee, as a board member, or in any other top level corporate position,” said Shegerian.
“The EEOC has already given special attention to the issue of unconscious bias in the workplace based on gender and based on race, and more and more women are choosing to speak out about their experiences,” Shegerian went on to say. “This fact alone should put executives and even corporate boards on alert as well as encourage job leaders to exercise careful consideration of their actions and decisions going forward.”
Mr. Shegerian is founder of Shegerian & Associates and winner of the 2013 Trial Attorney of the Year Award from the Consumer Attorney Association of Los Angeles. His employment rights firm has attained a consistent track record of successful jury trials, winning over 70 jury trials including 28 seven and eight figure verdicts. The firm has an over 95% success rate and remains an exemplary leader in resolving employment discrimination issues.
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