Discrimination hits more women in male-dominated jobs

Despite the gains women have made in labor force participation over the past several decades, female employees in male-dominated workplaces in Tennessee and across the country continue to report higher levels of on-the-job discrimination. A survey by Pew Research Center showed that women in workplaces with an unbalanced number of male and female employees reported very different experiences.

Some aspects of the survey show that many jobs continue to be largely gender segregated as 48 percent of women work in majority-female workplaces and 44 percent of men work in majority-male workplaces. Female workers in male-dominated jobs were more likely to report workplace discrimination. For example, women reported a more difficult time achieving promotions and problems being treated fairly with personnel matters. Around half of the females in majority-male workplaces said that sexual harassment is a problem on the job, 17 percent more than those who work in majority-female jobs.

While 68 percent of women said that their gender has not been a major factor in success on the job, 19 percent said that being female has made it more difficult for them to achieve their career goals. Again, this statistic varied based on the gender balance of the workplace; 34 percent of women in mostly male workplaces reported a negative impact based on their gender compared to 19 percent in more balanced workplaces.

Whether women work in industries that are male dominated or more balanced, workplace discrimination can always be a serious concern. People who have experienced unfair treatment, firings or denials of promotions on the job due to their gender have a right to seek justice. An employment lawyer can help a worker file official complaints and pursue a complaint against their employer.

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