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Discrimination: Women Discrimination In The Workplace

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Discrimination Against Women in the Workplace
Sheila Canoy
Everest University

Discrimination Against Women in the Workplace
In the United States, gender discrimination is one of the most common types of discrimination. The evolving role of women in the workplace is not readily accepted in society. Despite the illegality of gender discrimination, women are being discriminated against in hiring practices, advancement opportunities, and income in the workplace. In order to understand this situation one must try to get to the root of the problem and must understand the factors that cause the female sex to have a much more difficult time in getting the same benefits, wages, and job opportunities as the male sex.
The unfair treatment of a person because of gender is called gender discrimination. Both men and women are affected by gender discrimination. Gender discrimination occurs when sexes are treated unequally. Many often associate the words gender and sex as the same category. In fact, it is much different and it has everything to do with the way society classifies a woman in terms of social order. According to the Random House Webster's College Dictionary, sex is defined as, "the female or male division of a species as differentiated with reference to the   reproductive functions," gender is defined as, "the societal or behavioral aspects of sexual identity" (539). Sex and gender may not be the same category, but to some, they are believed to be related in a cause and effect manner in terms of society. Gender discrimination is not based solely on gender differences but how people are treated differently because of their sex. Employers who provide different working conditions and promotional opportunities for men and women violate anti-discrimination laws. Lenders who offer better terms to one gender over another are in violation of anti-discrimination laws. Gender discrimination is illegal and several laws are in place to prevent and illuminate...


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