Workplace Inequality

Workplace inequality is among the critical issues females face in the modern worldInequality, also known as bias refers to the unjustified and unfair treatment of a given gender. In today’s societies, women have fallen victims of gender bias, which is widely evident in workplaces. Inequalities against women in organizations are experienced from different perspectives such as occupational sex segregation and the gender pay gap. Furthermore, they are the most affected group when it comes to implicit bias experienced in most workplaces.  Workplace bias against females is associated with occupational sex exclusion and the gender gap pay.

Occupational sex segregation is one of the challenges women face in professional careers. For instance, in 2009, males outnumbered females in all engineering and science careers in the United States- a situation that is slowly improving. Men are dominating in most of the technical professions such as engineering, programming, medicine, and heavy machinery operations. Such domination is not only experienced because men are more qualified than females but also due to the favoritism of males over women. For example, in some organizations where heavy machinery is utilized, men stand a better chance of getting hired than women due to their masculine characteristics. Therefore, women have been denied such opportunities due to unjustified selection criteria.

Gender gap pay is another factor influencing inequality in workplaces. In the United States, there are federal and states’ laws that support gender equity pay. Despite the establishment of such rules, the pay gap between sexes is still on the rise not only in America but also in other parts of the world. Having worked at a fast food restaurant as a part-time employee, I experienced I witnessed most female part-time worker being paid less than their male counterpart for similar jobs- an action that was linked to implicit bias. Implicit bias, which is also known as unconscious prejudice when people others in regard to their feelings, beliefs or understanding without minding the views of others. Since no female employee raised their concern regarding the gender gap pay, it was the norm of the business, which can be associated with implicit bias. Therefore, to eradicate gender inequality in workplaces, women should strive to fight for their rights.



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