Discrimination survey finds many women still paid less than men

Despite improvements in West Virginia employment law, women still deal with unfair treatment in the workplace. A study from the Pew Research Center interviewed thousands of employed men and women, asking them about discrimination they had experienced while on the job. It concluded that women face approximately eight types of gender-specific discrimination at work.

Female employees are much less likely to receive job-related support from senior leaders than male workers. Additionally, 23 percent of female workers reported that their co-workers and superiors treated them as incompetent based solely on their gender. Couple these statistics with the at least 10 percent of women who say they have missed out on a promotion they were qualified for, and it can be incredibly difficult for some women to get ahead in their career field.

Pay differences are still starkly different between female and male employees. Only 5 percent of men report that they were ever paid less than one of their female co-workers who performed the same job, while 25 percent of women have experienced earning less than male counterparts. Higher earners who typically have more education experience pay discrimination at a higher rate than women with smaller family incomes.

Workplace discrimination of any kind undermines the expectation of West Virginia workers -- that they will be treated based on their abilities. Many victims of discrimination have a deep desire to affect change that will protect other workers from similar experiences. This is usually best accomplished through a discrimination suit, which can force employers to implement better policies while also providing necessary compensation for victims.

Source: Pew Research Center, "Gender discrimination comes in many forms for today's working women", Kim Parker and Cary Funk, Dec. 14, 2017

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