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Gender discrimination in the workplace

Almost 40 percent of women in California and the rest of the country state that they have been a victim of workplace gender discrimination, according to survey data collected by the Pew Research Center. Some of the behaviors they have endured include being skipped for important tasks and receiving less pay than male co-workers who have the same job. The survey also determined that employed adult women were almost two times more likely than employed adult men to say that they had been a victim of one or more of the eight different types if workplace gender discrimination.

Researchers conducted the survey during the summer of 2017 and before the multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against famous men began circulating. It was conducted from July 11, 2017 to August 10, 2017 and had 4,914 respondents, 4,702 of which were part-time workers.

Income represents one of the areas in which the gap between men and women is the largest. Twenty-five percent of women report that they have been paid less than men with the same position while just five percent of men report having been paid less than a woman with the same job.

The results of the survey indicated that almost an equal proportion of women and men at 36 percent and 35 percent, respectively, state that sexual harassment is an issue in their place of work. However, men are three times less likely than women to personally experience sexual harassment in the workplace.

An attorney who practices employment law may pursue financial compensation on behalf of clients who have been victims of workplace discrimination or who have had their civil rights violated in the workplace. Employers may be held financially liable for allowing discrimination based on a worker's gender, age, race, religion or disability. The appropriate federal agencies may also be notified.

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