In this day and age, we oftentimes want to believe that the boundaries between men and women are now obscured, especially in the workplace. We may want to believe that women, unlike before, are now enjoying everything that had been previously exclusive for men. We now see women welders, women plumbers, women doctors, women CEO’s. As we march forward, we are becoming more and more oblivious about a person’s gender, and we are becoming more and more focused on what a person can contribute through his/her skills.
While this is definitely a step forward, this can act as a double-edge sword for (and against) women in the workplace. According to www.carykanelegal.com/practice-areas/employment-discrimination-law/, many women of child-bearing age are more prone to discrimination at any point of employment, especially during recruitment, as compared to men. For some employers, hiring women in their workforce could mean added maternity benefits and loss productivity that could put a strain on their bottom line. That’s why for some women, it can especially be difficult to be hired as compared to male counterparts with the same skills and background.
Sex or gender discrimination in employment involves treating someone unfavorably because of the person’s sex, whether they are applying for a job or are a current employee. Gender discrimination at work doesn’t start and end during recruitment alone. Many women are being abused physically, sexually, emotionally, and verbally even when already employed. Some women are not spared from sexually suggestive and immodest remarks, especially if the workplace tolerates or breeds a culture of sexual prejudice.
Women who feel that they are being discriminated and abused in the workplace should never fear to stand up for their rights. The best way to start is by documenting every instances of discrimination. Also, you should not be afraid of reporting instances of discrimination to your immediate supervisor. If your supervisor tolerates or perpetrates such acts, report to the supervisor next to him. Finally, there are many government and non-government institutions that look into cases of gender discrimination and abuse in the workplace. These agencies can provide you advise as to what actions to take in ending discrimination at work.