Though many women feel like they are treated fairly at work, the truth is that, according to a survey done by CareerBuilder.com, twenty-five percent of women have felt discrimination at work at least once in their lifetime. Many people immediately think about the way that women are treated at work, they often think about sexual harassment. However, there are many different ways that women can be treated unfairly in the workplace.
Here are some ways that women may not be treated the way that they should be at work.
Not being hired for a job that you could absolutely do. Some women lose a job to a man who might not have the same qualifications. It doesn’t matter if a woman could do the job easily, a man might be more likely to be hired.
Less pay. In many companies, women aren’t paid as well as their male counterparts, even if they have the same experience and qualifications.
Not getting a well-deserved promotion. When promoting in-house, some companies are more likely to promote men over women and that could be considered discrimination.
Being overlooked for projects. When the company is looking for someone to do a project, if a woman is overlooked, it could be looked at as discrimination, especially for one who is more than qualified to complete the project.
Not getting credit for work done. There are times when a supervisor or boss may take the credit for work that is done by their other employees. No matter how hard she worked on the project, her boss may pass it off as his, so that the people higher up in the company think that he had the really good idea (and follow-through).
Not being taken seriously. If a woman goes to her supervisor or boss with a concern, she might feel like nobody is really listening to her. In fact, she may not notice that anything is done to make the situation better. This may also occur when a woman has a suggestion for a project or how to do something better. The men in her workplace may veto her ideas, without even really hearing them. They might be great, but the men might not want to admit that a woman has a better idea.
Concern over her family. In the culture that we live in, even in this day and age, women are still considered the primary caretakers when it comes to their children. Because of this, many women feel discriminated against when it comes to their children. Bosses and co-workers may ask women about when they are starting a family. They may get frustrated when women need to take off work because their child is sick. Co-workers may grumble when a mother needs to leave early (yet again). Though some of this could just be the way that they are talked about (often behind their back), it is still discrimination in the workplace.
Discrimination is still a problem in the workplace. This is commonly seen in women, who often feel like they aren’t hired (or promoted) due to their sex. They may be paid less than the men in their office and may feel like they aren’t taken seriously. If they have some concerns, they don’t see any change when they talk to their supervisors about it. Many women also feel judged by their family situation by everyone that they work with. Some are judged for taking leave when they have a baby, while others just hear their co-workers talk about them behind their back because they had to take off when their child was not feeling well.
If you don’t believe that you are being treated fairly at work, don’t hesitate to contact us today. We will be glad to talk to you about your case to see if you have a case.