According to research conducted by Lean In, 73% of women still experience conduct that would be considered bias in the workplace, but less than a third recognize it when it happens. Despite the passage of the Civil Rights Act and the Equal Pay Act more than 50 years ago, millions of women across the country still feel they are being denied promotions and pay raises, are being mistreated by bosses and coworkers, and are not being given treatment equal to that of their male counterparts, all because of their gender.
These work conditions would understandably have an adverse effect on the minds of any woman who has had to work while experiencing gender discrimination. Learn more about the negative effects of gender discrimination with the help of the attorneys at Barrett & Farahany.
If you have experienced gender discrimination in the workplace, do not hesitate to contact us for help.
What Is Gender Discrimination?
Gender discrimination is unfair treatment based on a person’s sex. Unfair treatment may include denied promotions and pay raises, or even sexual harassment, which has a direct impact on gender imbalance in a workplace. While most gender discrimination is commonly directed toward women, it is possible for anyone to be discriminated against because of their gender.
How Gender Discrimination Affects the Workplace
Gender discrimination may lead to one or all of the following issues in the workplace:
- Lost Productivity: If employees have to focus on dealing with sexual harassment, they are not able to pay as much attention to their work as they normally would. This kind of behavior can be distracting as it happens, and for periods of time afterward, as victims try to avoid being in a similar situation again.
- High Employee Turnover: Hostile work environments are known to lead to a high employee turnover rate. When there are few experienced employees, productivity and quality of work go down. This is because employees who do not leave become overburdened or distracted by having to train replacement employees, and those replacement employees are not going to meet the success rate of employees with more experienced.
- Damaged Morale: A hostile work environment can lower the morale of those directly affected, which can also lead to widespread discontent throughout the workplace. Who wants to come to a workplace where people are being harassed? Who wants to come to a workplace where everyone is constantly leaving? This can severely damage morale.
Damage from gender discrimination can also extend to personal relationships and reputation. This is especially true when sexual harassment is the issue. This can even lead to mental or physical problems in the victim, which can lead to every previously stated problem growing far worse.
What Can Be Done About Gender Discrimination?
Gender discrimination in the workplace is something no one should have to endure. There are many negative effects of gender imbalance in the workplace. If you or someone you know has faced discrimination at their place of employment, it is important to take action immediately. Report the discrimination to your employer’s human resources department in writing and keep a copy for your own records.
If no action is taken after reporting, or if you face any retaliation for having reported, contact the employment attorneys at Barrett & Farahany at (404) 238-7299.