Posts by Katherine Kimpel

Kate Kimpel is the Senior Editor of Shattering the Ceiling and is also an accomplished civil rights lawyer. She represents women and people of color in discrimination cases (and other kinds of employment and civil rights matters).  When not lawyering, she likely is bragging about her hound dog Ulysses, inventing cocktails to serve at her next dinner party, or convincing her husband to watch reruns of a Joss Whedon television show (any of them will do). 

It’s #NotOkay that men are surprised by the outpouring of #notok stories

Sex assaults happen too frequently for men to be shocked by the stories.

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Don’t Celebrate a Genocidal Rapist

Is refusing to celebrate Columbus Day political correctness run amok? Nope!

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Trump’s Sex (Discrimination) Scandals part two: “Sexy” More Important Than Merit in California

Discrimination lawsuits don’t just teach us Trump is #sexist. They also teach us he doesn’t know how to manage a company, let alone a country.

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Trump’s Sex (Discrimination) Scandals part one: Harassment and Retaliation in Chicago

The unsavory aspects of Trump we see on the campaign trail are his M.O. in the workplace as well.

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Lady Lawyer Lessons*: Doesn’t Everyone Assume I Want to be Promoted?

Women have to be more vocal about wanting promotions. It isn’t fair (or legal), but for now it’s also true.

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Trump’s Disregard for Antidiscrimination Laws Goes Back Decades

Q.  What do the DOJ, Sen. McCarthy, and multiple NY civil rights organizations have in common? A.  Why, Donald Trump, of course. Anyone who has paid attention to this election won’t be surprised to learn that Donald Trump has been sued more than once for discrimination.  But what may surprise is that the first lawsuit he […]

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Mocking Trump Fans Isn’t the Answer

Over the weekend, the Washington Post published an article entitled “Finally.  Someone who thinks like me.”   The author had clearly spent quite a bit of time with Melanie Austin, a 52-year-old woman who lives in rural Pennsylvania.  The Post article is an exploration of why Melanie is a Trump supporter and how Melanie thinks about […]

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The Casual Sexism To Which We’ve All Grown Accustomed

The 2016 Presidential race continues to be a masterclass in sexism in America. In the wee hours of this morning, Donald Trump decided we needed to hear more about Alicia Machado.  So he tweeted to us all, three times, to triple down on his disparaging remarks against her.  His last text was his worst: Note the ease […]

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Implicit Bias Blows Up

Implicit bias blew up this week.  And by blew up, I mean it in the colloquial way that the kids did circa 2005 (according to Urban Dictionary): Implicit bias “blew up” when during the Presidential Debate, the following exchange occurred Thus the term jumped from relative obscurity (unless you belong to a particular socio-economic-academic-social-justicy set) to the […]

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Team Not Diverse? It’s Because You Don’t Want to Be.

A few years ago, I had a conversation with a friend who runs a public interest organization. At the time, I gently chided this friend that their organization was not diverse on the gender, race or sexual orientation fronts. This friend is well-intentioned and cares about doing the right thing, but they objected that it […]

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