While gender equality advocacy campaigns have been on the rise in the recent past, there are still some instances of gender discriminations. Workplace discrimination cases make up a majority of these gender discrimination incidences. Needless to say, it is illegal for gender bias to be in play at work. Here are some common gender discrimination examples in workplaces;
Gender neutrality in regards to compensation is a common gender bias in workplaces. Employees should be subjected to equal pay especially if they are being given the same roles and, are under a similar job group. Most companies assume that men with families may require more than women with none or, women are weaker hence subjected to a pay cut. These biases, however, are discriminatory as only the job description should determine compensation.
This is evident when a company fails to focus on skills when hiring or giving promotions. For instance, security services are not necessarily best offered by men than women. This stereotype disregards the level of experience and professional proficiencies of the specific interviewee. Our traditional perspectives should not limit men or women from working in the “opposite gender’s” field. Men and women should be given equal opportunities for career progression even if they pursue professions dominated by the other sex.
When men and, women are subjected to different questions to determine their proficiency, gender bias is in play. Some of the questions normally subjected to women are, “Do you have children?” or “Do you plan on having any children?” Whereas these questions could be well intended, their place is in the social circle as it has no impact on the person’s skills and experience.
Gender discrimination in the workplace is illegal, and one should report any such incidences to the relevant authorities. Also, today companies are encouraged to have gender equality policies protecting both genders.