For freelancers and entrepreneurs, co-working spaces provide much needed office space, professionalism, privacy and networking opportunities without the hair-raising expense of a traditional commercial office lease. For the female members of The Wing, a co-working-space-meets-social-club for women only, there is also a sense of community, safety and support.
Recently, however, that sense of community was abuzz with the news that The Wing, with offices throughout NYC and opening this month in Washington, D.C., is being investigated by the New York City Commission on Human Rights. Though the commission has not disclosed the details of its investigation, according to Fast Company, “the site and legal experts both seem to think the commission is looking into the co-working space to see if it violates the city’s gender discrimination laws.”
Though the investigation is under way, that doesn’t seem to be slowing down the growth of The Wing. According to their site, new offices are slated to open in San Francisco, West Hollywood, Williamsburg, London, Toronto and Seattle. Until the investigation wraps up, it looks like The Wing will be taking flight in a city near you.