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Indiana Lags Behind Most States When It Comes to Women in the Workplace

Jason Reese


  • A recent Institute for Women’s Policy Research report ranked Indiana in the bottom third of the country, an overall grade of D for the third consecutive year, related to the economic status of women.
  • Six areas were evaluated and include employment and earnings; political participation; poverty and opportunity; reproductive rights; health and well-being; and work and family.
  • If a worker has been discriminated against for any reason such as race, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability or even sexual orientation, he or she should speak up and not be frightened to report the incident.
  • Attorneys can help seek justice for violations of employee rights under the state and federal employment laws before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Indiana Civil Rights Commission and in the Indiana state and federal courts.

Indiana Ranks in Bottom Third for Issues Related to Women Workers

A recent report by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research ranked Indiana in the bottom third of the country for the economic status of women in relation to a workers’ civil rights and other discrimination issues. Indiana received an overall grade of D for the third consecutive year and ranks last in the U.S. in the work and family category, with a grade of F. The Institute’s Status of Women in the States report examined these six areas:

  1. employment and earnings
  2. political participation
  3. poverty and opportunity
  4. reproductive rights
  5. health and well-being
  6. and work and family

Policy analysts for the Indiana Institute for Working Families say Indiana’s past legislative session did target issues that are important to families, but discussions on these issues failed to gain real traction. Bills addressed Indiana’s equal pay law, workplace accommodations for pregnant women, increases to the minimum wage, and a paid family leave program but not much happened there either.

Know If Your Rights Have Been Violated

The law forbids discrimination when it comes to any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, and any other term or condition of employment for workers of all genders. But since both employers and workers will argue there are many hurdles left to climb for female workers to reach full equality in relation to their male counterparts and discrimination claims continue to rise, the attorneys at Wagner Reese want all workers to know we support their rights and are on their side.

Seek Justice Now

Should your rights be violated by an employer or coworker, it remains in your best interest to work with an experienced attorney to help you seek justice. An attorney can support your charge under the state and federal employment laws before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Indiana Civil Rights Commission, and the in the Indiana state and federal courts. At Wagner Reese, we fight for the rights of employees in claims involving:

  1. Employment Discrimination
    1. Gender/Sex
    2. Race
    3. Age
    4. National Origin
    5. Religion
    6. Sexual Orientation
    7. Disability
  2. Sexual Harassment
  3. Retaliation
  4. Wrongful Termination

It’s important to note that strict deadlines may apply to your case and you may be required to report illegal discrimination or harassment to your employer to be entitled to recovery of compensation. And remember, it is against the law for your employer to fire you for identifying unlawful discrimination or harassment of yourself or others.

Speak to a Lawyer Before Taking Action

Before taking an action that could result in your loss of ability to recover compensation for violations of your rights, contact us for a free consultation. The attorneys at Wagner Reese can review your case for free and assist you in filing a complaint with the EEOC and represent you in Indiana state and federal courts.

Contact us now at (888) 204-8440 to schedule an appointment or complete our confidential contact form and we will be in touch.


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