By WeNews staff
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Working Mother Magazine's annual listing of good employers for mothers, which honors 100 companies, is celebrating its 25th year. This year four of the top-10 companies were accounting and auditing firms. IBM received a double honor.
(WOMENSENEWS)--Four of the top-10 companies on Working Mother Magazine's annual listing of good employers for mothers were accounting and auditing firms: Deloitte, Ernst and Young, KPMG LLP and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
The other top-10 winners were University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, WellStar Health System, Bank of America, Discovery Communications, General Mills and IBM Corporation.
The list, which honors 100 companies in all, is celebrating its 25th year.
IBM, the office-services giant with headquarters in Armonk, N.Y., won the double honor of being on this year's top-10 list and being included in the list of 100 best companies for every year since the start of the list.
Only one other company--Johnson and Johnson, the New Brunswick, N.J., maker of international consumer-health products and pharmaceuticals--has been included in the list every year. IBM and Johnson and Johnson are also routinely cited by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council as companies that are friendly to female contractors.
The magazine's list came under scrutiny earlier this year for its selection process after a federal jury in New York reached a verdict requiring Novartis Pharmaceuticals to pay $3.36 million to 12 former female sales representatives for discrimination in pay and promotions. Novartis had been on the magazine's top 100 list for the past 10 years but did not make it this year.
The New York federal jury decided in May that the company showed a pattern of discrimination against female employees from 2002 through 2007, after a five-week trial and four days of deliberation. In July, the company settled the case for up to $152 million covering claims made by more than 5,000 women.
Carol Evans, president of Working Mother Media, explained in a press statement released at the time of the jury verdict that the lawsuit had not barred Novartis from annually appearing in its list of 100 best companies because the "magazine had a different role than the court system."
She said the magazine's award was based on programs that Novartis had in place to support working mothers, such as flex-time, telecommuting and paid maternity leave.
With 70 percent of mothers working--and women outnumbering men in the workplace for the first time in U.S. history--"working moms have come a long way," Working Mother said in a press statement with the release of this latest list. At the same time, however, the New York-based magazine noted that while companies on its list continue expanding their benefits, that's not the case at companies nationwide.
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