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Gender discrimination is a common civil rights violation and can take many forms.
Gender discrimination – meaning
The unequal or disadvantageous treatment of an individual or group of people based on their gender in work environments is often unlawful gender discrimination. In addition, sexual harassment is one type of unlawful gender discrimination.
Gender discrimination in the workplace
Gender discrimination can take on many forms. For example:
- Hiring: A faculty hiring only male graduate assistants.
- Benefits: A company's health insurance policy not covering employees' husbands because they assume they will have their own benefits—however, male coworkers have their wives covered under the same policy.
- Job classifications: You work at a company for four years and put in many hours of overtime. After you return from maternity leave, you inform your employer that you won't be able to put in as many hours of overtime. Your employer demotes you to a lower level with less pay. At the same time, your employer permits your male coworkers in similar positions to reduce their overtime hours for personal reasons without changing their positions or pay.
- Unequal pay: You started as a cook's helper and worked your way up to a chef. A male chef with similar work experience, training, and education was recently hired. You learn that his salary will be higher than yours.
- Job opportunity: You are one of your company's most successful salespeople but are moved to a less desirable region. A male with much lower sales is assigned to your client base and territory. As such, he makes much more in commissions than you will make in several years.
- Denied promotion or training: You have been with your company for several years, getting exemplary reviews and even an employee-of-the-year award. However, you have applied for promotions multiple times, and they are instead filled by less qualified male coworkers.
- Firing: You are laid off and told by your company that it's due to company cutbacks and reorganization, and men in the same job and with less seniority than you aren't laid off.
- Retaliation: It's illegal for an employer to retaliate against or punish you for reporting or standing up to gender discrimination or assisting with an investigation or legal action concerning gender discrimination. Examples of employment retaliation include being demoted, receiving a pay cut or a reduction in work hours, being forced to take leave, or being fired or being reassigned to an undesirable job, shift, or location. Retaliation can also be subtle and grow slowly over time—examples include no longer being invited to meetings or not being included in communications you were formerly in.
Gender discrimination in academia
Gender discrimination can occur in various contexts in academia and often occurs in:
- Extracurricular activities
- Academic programs
- Class assignments that are given in a classroom
- Class enrollment
- Physical education