Discrimination in the workplace common according to survey
A new study shows that 50% of women and 35% of men have experienced discrimination in the workplace ranging from sexual harassment to pay inequality, and gender stereotyping to having to tolerate sexist jokes and comments.
Matrix Recruitment’s Workplace Equality Survey of more than 1,000 adults also found that one in four (25%) workers in Ireland know of a colleague of the opposite sex, but in the same role and with the same level of responsibility, receiving a higher salary.
‘When it comes to equality in the workplace, we still have a long way to go in Ireland,’ said Kieran Mckeown, MD of Matrix Recruitment.
He said: ‘In our experience things are changing and impending legislation will help. However, the perception, which for many is a reality, is that inequality and discrimination, particularly against women and older people, is pervasive, according to our research findings.’
Of the respondents (50% female, 35% male) who have experienced discrimination at work:
Some 21% of women and 12% of men reported experiencing sexual harassment in the workplace
Some 32.5% of women and 21% of men feel they are being discriminated against, saying that they were expected to work late because they don’t have children
Stereotyping is not uncommon in the workplace, particularly amongst men. One in five men (21%) reported being stereotyped because of their nationality and 11% said that they are targeted for menial tasks, on the basis of their gender.