Gender discrimination in the workplace, by the numbers

The Pew Research Center recently released data on gender discrimination in the workplace. The release comes at an interesting time – a time when politicians and various members of the Hollywood elite are facing accusations of sexual harassment.

The findings pose a bit of a double edged sword for women in the workplace. On the one hand, if you are the victim of gender discrimination, you are not alone. On the other, it is disheartening to know that this form of discrimination continues to plague the workplace.

What did the research find? The survey consisted of 4,914 adults, both male and female. The findings from Pew Research Center note income disparity remains a big problem. 25 percent of women reportedly earn less than men in similar positions. 23 percent of women states that they were treated as incompetent for their position due to their gender and 16 percent have experienced “small slights at work” due to their sex.

What options are available for victims? Those who have experienced “small slights” due to gender, a lower wage or other forms of gender discrimination in the workplace have options. Legal remedies are available. The remedies depend on the details of the situation. In instances where discrimination has led to the termination of employment, reinstatement may be an option. When discrimination has resulted in a failure to get a promotion, financial compensation can be available.

Once a claim for discrimination is made, it is illegal for an employer to retaliate. A complaint should not result in the loss of employment or other unfavorable action. Such forms of retaliation are illegal. Contact an attorney to discuss how to hold an employer accountable for these violations.

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