Gender Discrimination in Society and Workplace

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  • Topic: Discrimination, Gender, Glass ceiling
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Since the mid 1800s, women have been trying to make their way of equality into the society. Women have come a long way into being accepted as an equal in which it has been a steady progression. Women have fought their way through voting, equal rights, hold office, and even work. It was not until the Title VII Civil Rights Act of 1964 that discrimination was illegal in the workplace (excluding age). Specifically, it was made to prevent the "fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual, or otherwise discriminate against any individual with respect to his compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges or employment, because of such individual's race, color, religion, sex, or national origin." Gender discrimination “involves treating someone (an applicant or employee) unfavorably because of that person’s sex. It also can involve treating someone less favorably because of his or her connection with an organization or group that is generally associated with people of a certain sex.” Women are still not being heard as they should and although they are no longer living in a “man’s world,” the discrimination is still there. When women decided to work and it was becoming more accepted, there were not many careers for women to choose from. Gender discrimination is not only discriminating women but men as well. Examples of gender discrimination against women include: “1) an employee who alleges that his or her manager only promotes male employees and keeps females in entry-level positions; 2) an employee who alleges that a manager or other person in power tells jokes or makes statements that are demeaning, insulting, or offensive to women; 3) a manager who makes it clear, either through his actions or words, that he wants to have sexual relations with a female employee; 4) a manager who asks inappropriate and unnecessary questions about a female employee's sex life; and 5) a manager who touches his female employees in inappropriate ways without consent.” These five examples can lead to termination of employment along with trouble with the law. The fourth and fifth example is known to be sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is known to be a growing concern in many businesses and it still a problem that is not addressed properly. Since it is a problem that is continuing over the years, there seems like there is no right way to go about it. Failure or neglect to address this problem can result in “not only in costly lawsuits, but also in a loss of employee morale, decline in productivity, and an erosion of a company's public image”. This means that if management decides to not handle this problem this can be loss of ethics in the workplace, expensive lawsuits against them, no desire for employees to work or perform as well as they should be which can slow down business or production, and can completely destroy a company’s image. In 2008, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission“received 13,867 charges of sexual harassment. 15.9% of those charges were filed by males. EEOC resolved 11,731 sexual harassment charges in FY 2008 and recovered $47.4 million in monetary benefits for charging parties and other aggrieved individuals (not including monetary benefits obtained through litigation).” While in 2010, the EEOC brought in “11,717 charges -- 83.6 percent from women -- yielding $48.4 million in monetary benefits (not including monetary benefits obtained through litigation) for charging parties and other aggrieved individuals.” Although it is getting better then three years ago, it is still a prime issue. People do not handle sexual harassment because of the costs. Millions of dollars can be lost each year in sexual harassment so they rather leave the problem unsolved or untouched in fears of making any careless mistakes. Women have to deal with many hardships including of those stereotypes that have been put on them over the years. Women are portrayed as a certain way from men, media, and the American society. Bob Enyart (a...
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