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Survey sheds light on workplace discrimination

Women in Arizona and across the United States who work in male-dominated professions are more likely to report higher levels of workplace discrimination, according to a 2017 survey conducted by the Pew Research Center. While women have seen significant gains over the past several decades in wages, promotions and labor force participation, females continue to report that gender discrimination is a concern on the job. Women in workplaces with a significant male majority are far more likely to report concerns about sexual harassment as well.

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.

Discrimination against pregnant workers violates federal law

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act, which amended Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, prohibits employers in Arizona and around the country from discriminating against workers on the basis of childbirth, pregnancy or medical conditions related to pregnancy. Refusing to hire a woman because she is pregnant violates the 1978 law unless her condition would prevent her from performing the duties required. Furthermore, pregnant women who have already been hired cannot be denied assignments, promotions, benefits or pay.

Find your voice

If I had one hundred dollars for every time clients come to me and tell me that they knew that they were being discriminated against, they were afraid to say something and now they regret it. I'd have a nice little sum of money. Keeping quiet never works for long. Unfair treatment doesn't just magically disappear. There is no badge of honor for putting up with discrimination. All it makes you is a victim. As a matter of fact, bad things can happen if you don't say anything. You can sleep on your rights. You only have 300 days to report discrimination. And the bad actors keep on treating you unfairly. That takes a toll on your mental health as well as physical health.

Employee files discrimination suit against Sam's Club

Arizona employers may understand that discriminating against transgender employees could violate employment law. A transgender woman recently filed a lawsuit in the Middle District of North Carolina in December 2017 alleging that her former employer discriminated against her. The lawsuit claims that she was referred to as "it" and "thing" during her time with the company. It further claimed that she was terminated after making reports of the alleged harassment.

Why should I care?

People hold misconceptions or are short-sighted about anti-discrimination laws. Maybe you believe the laws only protect minorities and you'll never need them. Banish that thought. Everyone needs anti-discrimination laws. Everyone has a job or is affected by someone else having a job. Life's happenings, anticipated or not affect you. Consider the following: you have a newborn you want to bond; you have a child or spouse with a disability that requires your care; you become disabled; you have a family member of another race and you are treated differently; your parent becomes seriously ill; everyone reaches forty years old. The list goes on.

Let me tell you a little secret.

You seek the advice of an employment lawyer at low-point in a career. Things at work just aren't working out. You've been written up. Or worse yet, you've been fired. And it hurts. It hurts because a job is how you support yourself. It hurts because you derive self-esteem from a job. All you wanted was a level playing field. A way to earn a decent, honest living. But that's not happening now. You're in a daze. It's surreal. You need help. You're dealing with discrimination.

Study finds link between education, gender discrimination

A study by the Pew Research Center found that around 42 percent of women said they had experienced gender discrimination at work compared to 22 percent of men. Among the types of discrimination that women in Arizona and throughout the country might experience include earning less than a man doing the same job, being passed over for important assignments, being treated as though they are not competent and being denied a promotion.

Now you know

Every worker knows that once you've been hired it's illegal for an employer to discriminate against you. And even before we are hired some of us intuitively know that prospective employers shouldn't certain interview questions. For example are you married? Do you have kids? But what can be done when you apply for a job and you suspect that the employer discriminated against you? The interviewer asked you illegal questions directed at your age for example. You know you were qualified. You may even find out that a less qualified person outside of your race or sex, for example, got the job instead of you.

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