Lingering Perceptions Foster Glass Ceiling that Impedes Working Women, Says Scranton Attorney

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Lawyer Marion Munley, with the personal injury law firm of Munley, Munley & Cartwright, P.C., says stereotypical beliefs continue to limit women's opportunities and chances for promotion.

Marion Munley

The importance of gender diversity is more than a gesture demonstrating acceptance and tolerance, according to Munley, but also a way of tapping into strengths created by a diverse staff.

Fewer senior management positions and lower salaries are two work-related obstacles women confront because of the impression that they experience more conflict than men when juggling families and careers, explained attorney Marion Munley of Munley, Munley & Cartwright, P.C., as she spoke at the Glen Oak Country Club on Wednesday.

Despite all the progress that has been made, women still fight to break through the glass ceiling that blocks their rise to the upper ranks of the workforce, she said, while speaking as a guest of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce for the Women’s Network.

Studies show that women are treated differently in the workplace because of perceived work-family conflicts, resulting in fewer women in senior management and lower overall salaries, she said. The importance of gender diversity is more than a gesture demonstrating acceptance and tolerance, according to Munley, but also a way of tapping into strengths created by a diverse staff.

According to Munley, businesses and organizations that reflect the communities they serve are better poised for success because they are able to dip into a richer talent pool, while their hiring strategies have a positive effect on the clients and customers they seek to attract.

Munley, who has been a trial lawyer for over 23 years and was named by Lawdragon as one of the 500 leading plaintiffs’ lawyers in the United States in 2006, also reviewed workplace behavioral laws that protect women from differential treatment. She cited common and often overlooked situations that can contribute to the glass ceiling phenomenon, and provided simple techniques to assist women in handling situations that sometimes arise on the job.

The noon address was the beginning of the Chamber’s fall series dedicated to the Women’s Network and women in business in Northeast Pennsylvania.

A graduate of Temple University School of Law, Ms. Munley is a frequent lecturer on the topic on legal topics for Lohrman Educational Services, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, for which she also sits on the Board of Governors.

Marion Munley's many successes have led her to be named “Super Lawyer” by Philadelphia magazine in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008; one of Lawdragon’s “500 Leading Plaintiff’s Lawyers in the U.S.” in 2006; and one of Lawdragon’s “2,500 Leading Lawyers in All Practice Areas in the U.S.” in 2007; as well as a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

About Munley, Munley & Cartwright, P.C.

Munley, Munley & Cartwright, P.C., is a Pennsylvania law firm that represents victims and consumers in personal injury litigation, including automobile accidents, trucking accidents, medical malpractice, defective products, toxic chemicals, work-place injuries, nursing home litigation and other serious accidents. The firm has more than 40 years experience in practicing personal injury law.

The firm has offices in Scranton, Stroudsburg, Carbondale, Plains, Hazleton, Hamlin and Harrisburg. To contact the law firm, call 1-800-318-LAW1 or visit the firm’s website, http://www.Munley.com.

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