This is the second volume of a two part volume book on workplace discrimination. Volume I of this book covers the history and structure of the EEOC; how to process a workplace complaint; a collection of ‘individual’ and ‘class-action’ complaints filed by the private and public sector; and many other aspects of discrimination in the workplace.
This book deals specifically with many issues that women face in the workplace. It’s important that you read both books to totally understand your rights in the workplace.
As a workplace consultant, I have probably advised thousands of men and women on how to handle workplace discrimination issues both in private industry and government. However, latest statistics shows that it is women, single parents and heads of households –who are the latest victims of this economy, the outsourcing of jobs and the downsizing of corporations.
Women are still discriminated against in most aspects of society. They are discriminated against in employment, housing, education, and many other areas. Women don’t go to work to be touched, to be talked down to, and to be told what their bodies look like.
They know what their bodies look like. But constant remarks about their bodies, and unwanted touching, advances, mean-spirited “pranks” and other forms of sexual harassment are a regular occurrence for many women in the workplace today.
Women are stalked, intimidated and hounded for sex by male managers and co-workers and many will become victims of sexual assaults. Women are reporting constant patterns of humiliating and threatening behavior that leave them exhausted and dreading their jobs.
There is a lack of sensitivity in the workplace when it comes to women. Women are treated poorly by their colleagues and superiors simply because they are women. Many women walk away from the workplace because they don’t understand their rights.
Many women believe harassment in the workplace especially against women is ‘criminal’ and should be punished as such. It is a form of “violence against women”-- as well as a form of economic coercion, and their experiences suggest that it won’t just go away.
We need to connect the present conditions in the community with “employment discrimination.” We need to look at ‘criminalizing’ discrimination because people do end up homeless as a result especially women.
The minimum wage must be raised in every city. The minimum wage is so low that women cannot afford to provide daycare and food for their families. Therefore their families are not provided with ‘good’ nutrition. We need facilities providing families with low cost daycare which should also include parenting classes.
Sometimes women who were wrongfully terminated from their jobs or those that ended up on ‘unpaid’ stress leave or on a ‘leave of absence’ – move in with men that they don’t necessarily want to be with --just to feed their children. Many times this type of co-habitation ends up in domestic violence where the women are eventually maimed or killed.
Because of workplace discrimination, many women have no other options but to turn to prostitution, selling drugs, working in a strip club, etc. --just to feed their families and they ultimately end up in prison. New statistics have shown that women are the new ‘rising’ population in our prisons. Therefore a strong message must be sent to our legislators.
Women legislators, women advocates, and others must speak up on behalf of women. They must ensure there are laws created to protect women in the workplace. More women vote than men. So why are we allowing workplace abuse (sexual harassment, sex and race discrimination, sexism, pregnancy and religion discrimination, stalking, intimidation, workplace bullying, workplace violence, etc.) especially against women -- to take place?
We must give women and others more options. There must be new legislation introduced and passed to protect ALL women especially those who are ‘single parents’ and ‘breadwinners.’
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Published September 10, 2012
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