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Gender Discrimination Still Prevalent In Job Market

Sizzling LEO | 3:19 AM | 0 comments

While jobs are slowly appearing as the country climbs out of recession, women are not benefiting at the same rate as their male counterparts. A recent study shows that men have taken 80 percent of the 2.6 million jobs created since June 2009, according to ABC News. While gender discrimination may not be the total explanation for this phenomenon, it does make one wonder.

As layoffs and job losses continued to skyrocket, men turned to jobs that had previously been considered dominated by females, such as retail sales. However, men also continued to dominate their previous fields, such as manufacturing. The result: fewer jobs have been open to either gender, but those that are open are less likely to be held by a female. The result is that discrimination may be a problem for many females already in the workplace and those looking for a job. According to the United States Department of Labor, which has been tracking the trends in hiring and firing, men are more likely to pick up jobs, even at less pay, than women who have been laid off or fired. When females do get jobs, it is far more likely that they will be forced to take jobs at lower pay than their male counterparts.

How Does The Gender Discrimination Affect Employment Lawsuits?

Prior to the economic recession, more men than women were likely to file employment discrimination suits based on gender discrimination. Men complained that affirmative action hiring practices unfairly discriminated against qualified males for jobs, especially in female-dominated fields like teaching and nursing.

However, given the new trends in hiring and firing, females may be more likely to have a gender discrimination case than males. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, women cannot be denied hiring, advancement, or pay increases based on gender. However, with such fierce competition for jobs, it may be difficult for women to prove that gender discrimination is the cause of their job loss or lack of job opportunity. In many cases subtle ideas may be at work that are difficult to clarify, such as an employer giving favoritism to a man who is seen as the “breadwinner” of a household rather than a female who is working to improve the family’s spending power.

How Can I File An Employment Lawsuit?

Gender discrimination lawsuits are notoriously difficult to prosecute, and it takes a professional employment attorney to handle a case of this type. Women who may have suffered discrimination due to gender in hiring, firing, promotion, or pay raises are encouraged to work with an Orange County employment attorney rather than try to handle the situation alone.

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