Survey reveals troubling records on gender discrimination

The news of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace is not limited to Hollywood; women in Arizona are also dealing with the ongoing repercussions of unwanted sexual advances in the workplace. A study by Chartered Management Institute (CMI) showed that over four out of every five women and nearly four of every five men have seen discrimination based on gender take place on the job.

The report also reviewed the practices of various organizations to stop gender discrimination. The study included 856 participants involved in management at various levels. Only one out of four respondents said that they believed that their peers and more senior managers "actively and visibly" promote gender diversity. Only 8 percent of the respondents knew the extent of the gender pay gap in their organizations, and results show that managers whose workplaces show a notable pay gap often believe that their workplaces are committed to equal pay.

Less than 33 percent of the participants rated their employers most highly on flexible work plans, pay and bonus practices and recruitment activities intended to promote a higher level of gender diversity. In addition, most respondents said that their companies do not provide sufficient mentoring opportunities.

The report came with a number of recommendations to shore up poor gender practices on the job. It emphasizes the importance of addressing seemingly small discriminatory actions and policies that, when combined, constitute significant gender discrimination. For example, women managers being slated on an admin track can cement a negative office culture.

Gender discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace are harmful and unlawful. People who have experienced harassment, denial of opportunities or promotions or a hostile work environment due to their gender may consider consulting with an employment attorney. A lawyer may be able to provide advice and representation for an employee seeking to right the wrongs suffered due to discrimination.

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