Research Paper Unit IV




Research two companies in the Fortune 500 that offer partner benefits. Compare and contrast the companies as you answer the following questions:


 How do the requirements for coverage for domestic partners, such as length of the relationship compare with requirements for benefits of married couples?


 Do companies usually require a waiting period after dissolution of a marriage (divorce) before a new spouse can become eligible for benefits?


 What factors, such as legislation, may influence the inclusion of these stipulations?


 Can any of the terms you defined above be applied to either company based on other information you learned about them? Why, or why not?




Use the following terms in your discussion and include appropriate examples for each one:

Glass walls – Refers to invisible horizontal barriers that constrain women, people of color and people with disabilities to certain occupations and positions within organizations.


Sticky floor**book states: Relatively few women or minorities advance past first-or-second-level management positions in organizations, leading researchers to suggest that the term sticky floors more accurately reflects phenomenon. In other words, women are far closer to the bottom rungs of the ladder to the op rather than on the rungs approaching the ceiling.


Glass escalator – Refers to men’s rapid ascent into management and higher-level positions after entering female-dominated occupations.




Write a minimum three-page paper using APA formatting, and include in-text citations and reference page.




***I listed the definition of each word to be used above from the course book. The name of the course Managing Diversity in Organizations.


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