AUBURN HILLS, Mich.
— Hiring a dozen more female human resources employees to help combat gender-based discrimination is being considered for several states.
A federal judge said last month that Michigan could use gender diversity to address the state’s lack of female employees in senior roles in its civil service.
Michigan officials have since made progress on that front, hiring more women to the civil service and increasing diversity in leadership roles.
The department hired eight more women as of Dec. 31, up from four and down from 11, according to a Michigan Department of Workforce Development press release.
State Rep. Mary Beth Gabel (D-Kalamazoo) said the hiring of more women in human resources is part of the overall effort to improve the state.
“It is important for the state to have a diverse workforce and to provide a place for women in the workforce, particularly in the civil workforce, to help us address these problems,” Gabel said in a statement.
“Women’s contributions to Michigan’s workforce have been recognized and recognized with many of the state employees receiving the Distinguished Achievement Award from the American Association of University Women.
In addition, we are proud to have the Michigan Women’s Business Association as an ally to help our workforce grow, with the goal of creating a workplace that fosters equal opportunities and a diverse workplace that welcomes all.”
In Michigan, there are about 2,700 female employees.
Gabel’s office said it has since reached out to several companies, including General Electric Co., to explore potential employment opportunities.
The department is also hiring an assistant human resources director for Michigan and a social media manager to help its social media department improve its digital outreach.
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