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glass ceiling

An invisible, artificial barrier to the advancement of women and minorities into upper-level corporate management positions. Within the past decade, a number of so-called glass ceiling claims have been made against corporations. Glass ceiling allegations are essentially employment-related sex and/or race discrimination claims. However, such allegations are difficult to prove because only rarely can a plaintiff successfully establish that a company has an unstated but intentional policy to prevent the promotion of women and minorities. Glass ceiling claims are covered by employment practices liability insurance (EPLI) policies.

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