Organizations and managing labor relations are two complex aspects of our daily functioning environment. Throughout the years it’s been evident that times have very much changed; in day to day life one can easily notice a rise in the number of women who have gotten to work, across divisions on a global scale. Yet despite their pursuit of high standards of education and occupational skills, they are still lagging behind in the corporate world, the reason being – discrimination. Discrimination against women at work has different aspects; unequal pay, undermined skill set, segregation in certain divisions and jobs, the work and home balance along with sexual harassment are just some of the issues at hand. Although in current times there are still cases of discrimination and unjust treatment towards women, the start to this begins many decades back.
Discrimination against women in the labor market has been major in earlier times and though the numbers are more encouraging in the current state, there is still a need for critical changes. The following sections help shape a more defined approach towards the kinds of discrimination against women in the labor market; the disadvantages and effects on their professional lives.
Inadequate Pay for Women
Women in the work place are discriminated against for numerous reasons and more than likely you have experienced such a situation. These forms of discrimination range from women not getting hired for a job opening, not being accepted by coworkers in the workplace, especially in male dominated fields, missing promotion dates, and being paid less than others while holding the exact same position responsible for the same duties. These are some examples how women are discriminated in the workplace.
Today, many wonder if we are just following our past generations where men were seen as the dominant gender. The man was always the best and received the best benefits while the women would stay home, clean, and cook for the family. However, in modern times, this is no longer the situation. Women have the opportunity to become educated, holding jobs that women of previous generations could not, and become more interactive within society. Today, there are all types of women ranging from single to married to widowed that are out in the workplace making a living while holding a position that used to be men only, while some women are even bosses to men. Generations ago this was not likely.
The causes could vary from personal goals to family needs. When it comes to managing the house or having babies, it’s again the woman who is expected to take the obligation. This can be thought of as work with no extra pay. Men even with changing paternity rules are not using the advantage provided to them and now are under pressure to take more advantage of these freedoms.
Regardless of all this, working women are discriminated at the work place by being paid less for the same amount of work, time,...