What Jennifer Lawrence’s and Bradley Cooper’s Salaries Mean for Every Entrepreneur
Posted 10.21.15
Jonathan A. Segal

I am pleased to share with you a blog I wrote for Entrepreneur on the gender pay gap.

Recently, Jennifer Lawrence wrote an article on the gender pay disparity she saw in her pay negotiations for the movie American Hustle. In her piece, she blamed herself for not negotiating harder. Now, I don’t know if gender accounted for that particular case of pay disparity, but I do know that this Oscar Award-winning actress was spot-on in understanding that assertiveness in a woman is not always viewed the same as it is in a man.

What is considered as laudably assertive in a man is too often viewed as unacceptably pushy, self-centered or aggressive in a woman (a scenario explained in more detail by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s in her groundbreaking book, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will To Lead).

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About Jonathan A. Segal
Jonathan A. Segal is a partner at Duane Morris LLP in the Employment Group. He is also the managing principal of the Duane Morris Institute. The Duane Morris Institute provides training for human resource professionals, in-house counsel, and other leaders at client sites and by way of webinar on myriad employment, leadership labor, benefits and immigration topics. Jonathan has served intermittently as a consultant to the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, D.C. for more than 20 years, providing training on employment issues to federal judges around the country. Jonathan also has provided training on harassment on behalf of the EEOC as well as providing training on diversity to members of the United States intelligence agencies. Jonathan is also frequently a featured speaker at national, state and local human resource, business and legal conferences, including conferences sponsored by the Society for Human Resource Management and the Pennsylvania State Chamber of Business and Industry. Jonathan’s practice focuses on maximizing compliance and minimizing legal risk. Jonathan’s particular areas of emphasis include: equal employment opportunity in general and gender equality in particular: social media; wage and hour; performance management; talent acquisition; harassment prevention and correction; and non-competes and other ways to protect your business. You can find him on Twitter @Jonathan_HR_Law .