Gender Discrimination in a Work Place
In the modern world gender discrimination is still rampant in many working places. In this era people advocate for equal rights and opportunities for men and women, however it has been found that gender discrimination is still occurring in the society. Therefore it can be defined as an unfair treatment of persons because they are of the opposite sex in a work place (Fisanick, 2011). Gender discrimination in a work place is a serious challenge that has particularly resulted in productivity decline in many organizations.
Gender discrimination is a threat to the economy growth and development because women with abilities to contribute to success of economy are denied the opportunity to exploit them (Langwith, 2008). In addition, it has been observed from previous studies that men stand a better chance to benefit from their accomplishment than women since even small inequity over a given period of time may make women advance at a slower rate than men hence creating the need to have equal treatment across gender diversity (Healey, 2013). It is therefore important to note that it is both unethical and illegal to discriminate an individual based on their sex. In the past, that people believed that women are home keepers and could only carry out household chores; however the society is evolving. There is a need to develop organizational culture to allow everyone irrespective of the sex to participate in nation building through their professions without unfair treatment in their working places (Langwith, 2008). This shows that gender discrimination is harmful to the economy, organizations and people. Therefore the main aim of this study is to develop a proposal investigating causes, effects and remedies to gender discrimination.
Goals and Objectives
The study aims to detail causes, effects and remedies of gender discrimination in a working environment in an organization. It is important to understand the underlying factors that have made gender discrimination rampant even in the modern society. This can help to form the basis upon which gender inequality can be eliminated from organizations since failure to which the problem would remain deep-rooted in the society and would be transferred from one generation to another. Also, the study shall identify the effects of sex inequality in working environment which can impact the staff and company. This is important especially to managers as it becomes easier to notice signs of gender inequality in the work places. Finally, this paper will focus on remedies that must be put in place to discourage gender inequality and at the same time eliminate such unethical and illegal practices in our organizations.
Background and Rationale of the Study
Causes of Gender Discrimination
In the history of United States gender discrimination was rampant and mostly women were considered inferior and men superior. Notably, with this notion in their mind women were therefore in most cases under represented in various fields including education and work environment (Langwith, 2008). This is because they believed women could only participate in household chores such as bringing up children, cooking and fetching water. Hence this traditional stereotype of undervaluing women work and bias towards men eventually grew to date giving birth to modern gender discrimination (Langwith, 2008).
Effects of gender Discrimination
Gender discrimination in a working environment can lead to increased employee turnover, hostile work environment and encourage harassment and possible work violence (Fisanick, 2011). Gender discrimination discourages employees from working hard since they develop a feeling that promotions and pay increase are not based on excellent work performance for staff but instead are on job unrelated things. Following dissatisfaction, employees may switch from one organization to another especially when they realize that there is gender pay gap for individuals with the same qualifications, competence and perform similar duties. This may also create hatred thereby resulting to violence in the working place (Langwith, 2008). The residual effect of this is tarnishing of an organization repute coupled by decline in production. The move may result to poor organization performance.
Remedies of Gender Discrimination
Organizations must stress the importance of upholding acceptable ethical business behavior to treat everyone equally in a working environment irrespective of their gender differences (Fisanick, 2011). The top management must support and participate in making company policies that ensure recruitment selection is fair, similar salaries are provided based on qualifications and duties and also ensure promotions are fair based on excellent performances for individual employees across gender diversity. In addition, the government should create legislations that ensure gender equality is upheld by all organizations across the United States (Healey, 2013). It is therefore the responsibility of the company to remain current with legal framework that governs them concerning upholding of gender equality. Gender discrimination is an enemy of the economy, people and organizations (Fisanick, 2011). Therefore all people should enjoy equal rights, treatment and opportunities irrespective of their sex. This would enhance peaceful coexistence and team work between staff in a work place.
In addition organizations should strive to reward hand work as people strive to accomplish their set goals which allows employees in a company to be rewarded based on their job performance thereby motivating them to work even harder. The action gives them job satisfaction. The economy would reap from increased economic activities resulting from economic growth. Also, the organizations would gain from increased production output and raised profit and since there would be enhanced respect, unity and peaceful coexistence among people of different gender in the working environment.
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Healey, K. (2013). Gender & discrimination. Wentworth Falls, N.S.W: Spinney Press.
Langwith, J. (2008). Discrimination. Detroit: Greenhaven Press.