Organizational Ethics: Gender Issues and Resolution

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Organizational Ethics Gender Issues and Resolution
Our history and present have demonstrated many issues regarding gender. Despite suffrage, women still believe that they are the weaker sex due to circumstances involving the workplace. Take for example, the story about AT&T employee Burke Stinson. He was caught using his work computer to send emails to another coworker who happened to be a woman. They were questioned separately. Good thing they were allowed to keep their positions. However, they were reprimanded. Since Burk initiated the email exchange, management just sent him a memo noting his actions as unacceptable behavior. Now, if the woman started the exchange, she would have been fired on the spot. This is just one of the many discrepancies regarding the inequality between a man and a woman in the professional atmosphere. To make the story truly interesting, Burke and the woman he was sending the affectionate emails to, are a couple; they are married to each other. Back in the 1940s, workers from both the industrial and the corporate workplaces are deemed to be good providers. Anyone who has seen the movie “North Country” with Charlize Theron, would be aware of the struggle women had to go through when they tried penetrating these testosterone-filled workplaces. In the movie, the male workers believed that women had no place in the coal mines. Since they were outnumbering the females, some males showed their dominance to them by pulling pranks one after another. In the end, Charlize Theron’s character filed for sexual harassment. At that time, sexual harassment was new to the court since they were living in a society where men and women were separate. The court had a hard time coming up with a decision because the men did have a point. The coal mine was there territory. However, the few women workers reasoned that they were just like the men, in the sense that they leave their homes and go to work in order to provide for their families. The main root of the problem is that men felt their egos were attacked with the women coming into a world that should be machismo. During that time, women were expected to work in offices as secretaries, in schools as teachers, in hospitals as nurses and in schools as librarian. Furthermore, during that time, women were the assistants of men. Therefore, having women working at coal mines was something they had a hard time adjusting. Historically, this reaction from men working in the mines was unexpected, considering that during the Second World War, female employees were already doing masculine duties such as employees in the Pentagon and even women in the military. In the 21st century, sexual harassment cases come up left and right because of men and women working together. As a matter of fact, managers have to consider the status (single, married, divorce) of each employee he or she hires for the very reason that an office romance might incur. Take for example, a study that has been conducted in selected companies. Turned out, managers often hire young married women because they are least likely to flirt with their coworkers. Additionally, since they are just starting a family, they are so focused into the work that they are very productive in their positions. Management also makes sure they have physicians capable of giving every woman the special care they need, especially concerning female conditions; this may be present added expenses for the company, however, will prove necessary. This leads us to the differences between men and women employees. To give an example, managers should be tactful when they issue instructions or criticize female employees. Most women cannot shrug or brush aside the harsh words of their superiors, compared to most men. Make notable some differences between a civilian organization and the military; one in particular concerning gender and sexual harassment is, in the military a female holds legitimate power without legal repercussions...
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