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Nursing is poised to become less female-dominated

Women entered and stayed in the workforce regardless of family status in large numbers in the 1970s. Women penetrated most male preserves in blue collar (factory) and white collar environments (law). But some industries remain remarkably segregated by gender. The construction trades remain mostly male as does investment banking. These are both high-paid careers. Social work, preschool teachers, nurses remain mostly female. One might have predicted that the decades would have resulted in a greater mix.

4 examples of subtle workplace sexism

It is no secret that sexism in the workplace is still a problem. While there are obvious forms of misogyny and sex discrimination at work, sometimes it is not so apparent. According to a report by Fast Company, biases toward women in the workplace are often implicit and difficult to identify.

Even subtle sexism may be so persistent that it creates a hostile work environment. Here are some examples of subtle gender and sex discrimination in the workplace

Privacy Complaints and Border Control

In the 1970s, with rising concerns about drug dealing and airplane hijacking, the United States Government systematically took more power to search us when we travel by air. The trend continued at airports, but driving back from the Canadian border always felt quite different. But in the past sixteen years, under Presidents Bush, Obama, and now Trump, our Government has turned all foreign border stops, including by car from Canada, into a Wild West of non-existent civil liberties. How bad is it? Pretty bad.

Defining national origin discrimination

If you work for an employer with more than 15 employees, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination related to your birthplace, culture, linguistic characteristics or accent. Smaller employers with between 4 and 14 employees cannot discriminate on basis of national origin under the Immigration and Naturalization Act.

Unlawful harassment is something that a reasonable person finds intimidating, hostile or abusive.

Jobs Ads and Age Discrimination

This article, Facebook Job Ads Raise Concerns About Age Discrimination, raises an interesting question of uncertain legality. To be precise, court decisions are not clear as to whether targeting advertisements for jobs to younger workers violates age discrimination laws. It seems to me that it could be evidence of discriminatory intent, but that if the employer actually received applications from workers of different ages and considered them fairly, that would be the real issue. So if the ads or notices were limited to places where only younger workers would find them, that would be problematic. 

Less familiar discrimination women face in the workplace

Most employment law issues concerning females tend to focus on overt, prevalent behaviors, such as sexual harassment, pregnancy discrimination and too little pay. These are the stories that make the news most often. Yet they are not the only ways in which women face challenges at the workplace.

Other common ones include discrimination based on age and marital status. The following are more subtle, causing you to overlook these ways you may not be receiving fair treatment from a current or potential employer.

How to document sexual harassment in the workplace

Last month, the #hashtag “me too” went viral. Stories never before shared were finally out in the open. The spectrum of sexual harassment is broad and many incidents have happened in offices and on work floors across the nation.

What are the types of sexual harassment at work? Quid pro quo sexual harassment and hostile environment are two main ones. In this post, we will go into more detail about each and then provide tips for what to do to make it stop.

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