As with most forms of discrimination, it can happen to people from all backgrounds. However, women often face the brunt of sexism in the workplace. Sexism at work can be subtle or more brazen. Whichever form it takes, it is completely unacceptable.
Outlined below are a few common examples of how sexism might impact your career:
Seeing pregnancy as a problem
Companies that care about their employees will typically do everything in their power to accommodate staff from varying backgrounds and circumstances. However, men seldom (if ever) face the same scrutiny as women when it comes to starting a family.
Unfortunately, situations still arise in some organizations where women are held back in their careers because they are or might become pregnant in the future. This is a form of sexist discrimination and it has no place in the modern working environment.
Being paid less for the same job
You should be judged based on your job performance and what you bring to the table for the company. Your gender should not come into it. While there has been some progress in tackling the gender pay gap, this is still an issue in many companies. If you’re being paid less as a woman but are doing exactly the same job as your male counterparts, then this is unacceptable and could be a sign of sexism.
Tackling workplace sexism on your own can be a daunting task. The good news is that you don’t have to fight it alone. Obtaining experienced legal guidance will help you to protect your rights and improve your working conditions.