As a proud female, all you want is to be treated equally. All women should have the same rights as men. Unfortunately, women still face obstacles when it comes to discrimination at work. That glass ceiling is a reality for you. You are tired of being devalued in society.
You are not alone.
According to the Pew Research Center about 42 percent of women say they have faced some form of gender discrimination at work. That includes being paid less than men in the same job and being looked over for promotions or important assignments.
Gender discrimination happens every day. Why is being treated fairly too much to ask? You work just as hard as any man, if not harder to prove your worth. You have to fight harder to ensure that your views and ideas are taken seriously at work.
Laws that protect you from gender discrimination
There are laws in place that make discrimination illegal, like the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964. This law bans employment discrimination based on sex (gender). The Act makes it illegal for your employer to discriminate against you in firing, hiring, job promotions, raises and other job opportunities based on your gender. The law covers universities and colleges, companies, local and state agencies, even labor groups. Many states also have joined the ranks and made gender discrimination illegal.
Your income may be the biggest gender gap you experience. According to Pew Research Center, about 25 percent of women say they are paid significantly less than their male co-workers.
The Equal Pay Act of 1963 was enacted to prevent unequal pay. It states that women should receive equal pay for equal work. Your employer is not allowed to pay men more than women. It is an effort to reduce women being discriminated against in the workplace.This federal law is enforced by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
You have rights
What should you do if you are being discriminated against at work? Your options include:
- Inform your employer of your situation. Let them know that you are experiencing discrimination. Tell them you would like a written report of each incident of harassment or discrimination.
- Keep notes of each incident that occurs. This is so you can document the dates and times of the incidents.
- Contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), you can file a formal complaint with the EEOC. They will investigate your claim. They impose anti-discrimination laws.
Gender discrimination in the workplace is very real. Every woman should know the laws that protect them, and the actions they can take.