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3 Kinds of Gender Discrimination in the Workplace and How You Can Fight Back

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Gender discrimination in the workplace is nothing new and has been an issue in America for decades despite the many laws that we have in place today. At its most basic level, gender discrimination at work can be described as an individual being treated differently due to gender, in turn affecting an employer’s hiring and promotional decisions. Both men and women are equally susceptible to being discriminated against in the workplace. However, the majority of victims tend to be women.

Gender discrimination at work is a serious offense and offers substantial consequences to employers that do not abide by the laws we have in place for equal rights amongst genders. If you feel that you have been subjected to unequal treatment, it’s time to consult with the at work Philadelphia gender discrimination lawyers from The Law Firm of Jacobson & Rooks, LLC.

Because gender discrimination is not always black and white, we’ve compiled a short list of three kinds of common discrimination examples along with how you can fight back.

Unequal Pay

Just because we have the Equal Pay Act of 1963 it does not mean that gender-based pay discrimination does not happen. In fact, the national average for pay inequality is about 80 percent. This means women are often paid 80 percent of what a man is paid for the same amount of work, in the same role.

If you are a female and believe you are making less pay than a male colleague and have failed to negotiate a pay increase with your employer, you may want to seek the help from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or an experienced at work gender discrimination lawyer in South Jersey.

Diminished Responsibility

When males and females are not given the same responsibilities because of their gender, this is called diminished responsibility. An example of diminished responsibility is as follows:

  • A male and female who work together in a warehouse are required to lift heavy boxes on the job. The woman is discouraged to lift anything over 40 pounds because the warehouse supervisor doesn’t believe women are stronger than men, even though the female employee in question is more than capable of lifting heavy boxes.

While this is just one instance of diminished responsibility, if you are a female and you feel your male coworkers are offered different duties due to their gender, contact The Law Firm of Jacobson & Rooks, LLC, as this should be investigated further.

“The Glass Ceiling”

Seen most often in corporate America, the term “glass ceiling” refers to an unseen and unbreachable ceiling that keeps women and minorities from reaching top executive positions regardless of their experience and accolades. Awareness has risen in recent years, but the problem still exists. The first step in beating this type of discrimination is to take notes of your experience (every incidence) and bringing it to the attention of your supervisor. If this fails to resolve the issue, you may need to file a complaint with the EEOC and acquire additional legal help.

The Law Firm of Jacobson & Rooks, LLC advocates for our clients and gets them the compensation they deserve. To learn more about the services we offer, please call our office at 800-406-8013.