Women at Workplace and the Discrimination They Face
Updated: Sep 16, 2020
Workplace discrimination rears its ugly heads in a lot of different forms but it usually means that an employee is being treated differently or less favorably because of their gender or sexual orientation. Workplace discrimination also occurs due to other reasons like race or ethnicity. A transgender person of color would experience a different kind of discrimination from a white female coworker. This article was written to address issues faced especially by women and transgender people at workplace and what you can do to prevent it.
Women everywhere face sexual harassment at workplace. It comes in different forms: it can be sexual advances on women, request for sexual favors, physical harassment, stalking harassment, manager-employee sexual harassment (most common one), same sex sexual harassment, verbal abuse at work, and unwanted harassment are the most common forms of harassment that happen against others. When women face these things, they are afraid to reciprocate and report to higher management because the people who harass them usually belong from there and if they don’t, there’s a high chance that the people who are harassing these women are more likely to be believed or just reprimanded for their behavior rather than any strict action being taken. The latter might cause the advancer to become more frustrated and increase the intensity of their advances which either leads the women leaving their jobs or simply tolerating. According to The Gap Report, In the US, transgender people face mistreatment, harassment, and discrimination around 98% of the times at their workplace! That’s a staggering statistic that shows the emergency of this situation.
Paternalizing more popularly means as acting fatherly towards others but here, it means something different. Most men believe that they are more competent at doing office jobs than other genders, especially when it is something technical. Many men at workplace assume that women and transgender people won’t be able to do the same task as efficiently as them, just because they are women. Due to this, women are often rejected for jobs and denied promotion and it is given to their male counterparts who are often equally or less qualified. This gender-based discrimination prevents women and transgender people for working in higher positions and stops the country from progressing forward as a woman’s opinions on a subject matter just as much as a man’s does.
Gender pay gap
This is something that is going on even now. The gender pay gap is the average difference for remuneration for men and women who are working. Women now, on a global scale, majorly make only 77 percent of what their male counterparts make. It has increased from the 72 percent in the 1990s but it is still a lot lesser than what women deserves for working with the same hours and putting the same dedication than their male counterparts. This discourages and demotes them for they are doing the same work but are getting paid lesser for it.
Even in this decade, there are times where a woman is rejected just based on her gender. It is true that it isn’t always because of that, sometimes women aren’t as qualified but it so happens, that lot of the times, that’s not the case. This is mostly because the employers believe that the women are going to start a family. A survey of 500 managers showed that almost one in seven anonymously admitted they had broken the same law. The law firm said that almost two out of five bosses admit they would advertise jobs for men only if the law allowed. Transgender people have it even worse, 35% of the, lose their jobs just because of being transgender. Major companies nowadays are trying to be more gender-inclusive but majorly this issue still holds.
This is mostly for transgender people where they are labelled as a he or she. Understanding gender can be difficult and complex when it comes to the LGBTQ community but the problem here is that people are often ignorant about the fact that, labeling is a problem. There are gender fluid people who sometimes don’t feel like being addressed as a he or a she. Each transgender person likes to be referred to differently and that needs to be understood. Labeling makes them feel like they are restricted. Society is trying to put them in a box as a he or a she. This problem runs deep and affects many but this is also easily preventable. They just need to be asked what they would like to be referred as, it’s as simple as that.