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Fighting Against Workplace Discrimination

Alexandra Howell (left), employment lawyer and adjunct professor at CUNY School of Law, and Lynda Perdomo-Ayala, vice chair of the Suffolk County Human Rights Commission

The Labor Studies Program is commemorating Equal Pay Day 2019 with a discussion on “Winning the Fight Against Workplace Discrimination: Recent Progress and Future Challenges.” The panel, facilitated by Sociology and Women’s Studies Professor Cindy Bogard, will take place Thursday, March 28, 11:10 a.m.-12:35 p.m. at the Guthart Cultural Center Theater, First Floor, Axinn Library, South Campus.

Men still earn an average of 20 percent more than full-time working women. The gender pay gap closed in the 1990s, but there has been little progress since. The #MeToo movement has highlighted the role of sexual harassment in limiting women’s women’s pay and promotional chances. This forum considers these changing legal, policy and social developments and the effects on gender gaps in jobs and pay.

Speakers include Alexandra Howell, employment lawyer and adjunct professor at CUNY School of Law, and Lynda Perdomo-Ayala, vice chair of the Suffolk County Human Rights Commission and administrative head of the Department of Pharmacological Sciences at Stony Brook University.

Howell practices at Archer, Byington, Glennon & Levine where she focuses on all aspects of labor and employment law litigation, grievance arbitrations, employee discipline cases, and improper practice charges.  She regularly practices before the National Labor Relations Board on behalf of clients and actively manages cases in federal and state courts.

Perdomo-Ayala was appointed to the Suffolk County Human Rights Commission in 2002 and has served as vice chair since 2003. She is a graduate of Adelphi University, the School of Social Welfare at Stony Brook University, and holds a certification in conflict resolution from Cornell University. She is the administrator to the Department of Pharmacological Sciences at Stony Brook University’s Medical Center. At Stony Brook, she also serves as advisor to the Latin American Student Organization.

The event, co-sponsored with the Women’s Studies Program, is free and open to the public. For more information visit the Center for the Study of Labor and Democracy or call 516-463-5040.

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