Gender equality is an issue that has been on the rise in recent years. More and more, employees and employers are striving to ensure that people are able to access the same rewards, resources, and opportunities, regardless of their gender. Many countries across the globe have made significant progress towards gender equality, especially in the fields of education, health, and the workforce.
There are still places where a gender gap exists, especially in the workplace. In many fields, women earn less than their male counterparts, have a more difficult time advancing their careers, and struggle to accumulate the same amount of retirement savings. Men, however, have less access to family-friendly policies, including parental leave and flexible work arrangements. Gender inequality is an issue that affects all genders in the workforce.
Gender equality is the aim of many companies and lawmakers, who are endeavoring to achieve broadly equal outcomes for men and women. To achieve equality, this requires:
- Workplaces to provide equal pay for equal or comparative work or value.
- Removing the barriers that prevent women from fully an equally participating in the workforce.
- Allowing access to all occupations, industries, and roles, regardless of gender.
- Eliminating discrimination based on gender or family and caring responsibilities.
Gender equality can have a significant benefit for workers of all genders, as well as have economic benefits for companies, industries, and nations. Gender equality in the workplace supports:
- Improved national productivity and economic growth.
- Increased organizational performance.
- The ability of companies to attract and retain talented employees.
- A better organizational reputation in the industry and with the general public.
Gender Discrimination in the Workplace
An unfortunate reality for many, gender discrimination can limit the ability of an employee to access benefits, earn an equal and fair income, and move forward in their career, due to their gender. These issues can affect any gender, though gender discrimination overwhelmingly affects women in the workplace.
Gender discrimination can come in many forms, including:
- Earning inequality
- Difficulty promoting or being hired
- Lack of access to benefits and resources
- Sexual harassment
- Lack of leadership or technical position access
The Hollister employment law attorney at Polaris Law Group is committed to ensuring that all workers are treated equally and fairly, regardless of gender. With more than twenty years of experience protecting the rights of employees, Attorney Bill Marder is well-equipped to handle your case.