Why Women Get Less for Wrongful Dismissal
A seven year classroom study followed by an analysis of Court of Appeal cases by a B.C. professor found that women typically get from 1.5 to 1.7 months less compensation in wrongful dismissal cases than men, whether settlements are negotiated or cases are litigated.
Although at first blush it may appear that the reason is discrimination against women, in fact the key reason for this gender-based discrepancy in negotiated wrongful dismissal awards is that women are more willing to settle while men are typically reluctant to make concessions.
University of Victoria law and employment relations professor Kenenth Thornicroft developed a classroom simulation where MBA and senior Bachelor of Commerce students were given a situation and asked to negotiate a settlement on behalf of either a fired employee or the company. Read More…