Dis­crim­i­na­tion in the work­place com­mon ac­cord­ing to sur­vey

Fingal Independent - - NEWS -

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.

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