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Take these steps to prevent gender discrimation

Gender discrimination is pervasive throughout society. In the United States, we're becoming more aware of this ugly behavior, but we have a long way to go before we eradicate it. Especially, in workplaces, gender discrimination is particularly damaging because of the way it results in female employees receiving fewer opportunities, less pay and unfair treatment.

In this article, we will discuss a few things that everyone can do to play their part in stopping gender discrimination in its tracks.

Does your career path have high rates of gender discrimination?

While gender discrimination can impact people in any field, it is more common in certain careers than others. Some signs that your field or career could be a hotbed of gender discrimination are obvious.

You could be the only female worker in your department. You could field questionable comments or questions from managers, co-workers or even potential clients because of your gender. Your company or department could have a culture that embraces sexist attitudes, allowing male coworkers to do, wear and say things that you find discriminatory or harassing. Other times, issues can be more subtle.

Is age discrimination affecting your career negatively?

You've got years of experience in your field and a strong work history. Still, you're having trouble advancing your career, especially now as you approach retirement age. You're passed over for promotions and raises, while younger employees with less experience climb the ladder. Maybe your manager or co-workers joke about your age, which makes you feel disrespected and embarrassed. It seems like your employer doesn't value your experience, but rather views it as a negative thing. This is age discrimination, when older professionals face serious workplace discrimination.

Sometimes, age discrimination means you can't find a new job if you move or lose a job due to any number of reasons. Despite having references and years of experience, you can't find an employer who will seriously consider you for a job in your field. In addition to being a frustrating situation for professionals, this kind of behavior by employers is also illegal. The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission considers age discrimination to be a serious issue. If it's impacting your career, you should consider it a serious issue, too.

Gender discrimination is still common in the workplace

Maybe you have that one manager that all the other female employees warned you about, the one who makes off-color remarks or touches you when you're not comfortable with it. Perhaps you've learned that your male co-workers are receiving higher wages than you are for the same job. Maybe you've been denied advancement in favor of a less qualified male co-worker.

These and many other forms of gender discrimination are far too common in workplaces across Florida. You may feel like there's nothing you can do to push back against this mistreatment, but you're wrong.

8 steps to fight gender harassment

Sexual harassment, a common form of gender discrimination, has been a hot topic in the news during the last year, with some very high profile cases. Studies have shown that up to 38 percent of women in the workforce have experienced sexual harassment from a male employer. Of those, over 70 percent did not report the incidents. This is mostly because the process of reporting sexual harassment can be intimidating and sometimes humiliating for the victim.

If you have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, either from an employer or a colleague, it is important to remember that you have the right to a safe and harassment-free work environment. An employment attorney in the Fort Lauderdale area can help you take the first steps in fighting back against sexual harassment and other forms of gender discrimination. Take the following eight steps if you think you are experiencing harassment at work.

How to get the back pay you're owed

Imagine working in for many years in a job you love for a boss that you respect. While things were great in the beginning, you started noticing that things were not quite what they seemed. After looking closely at the situation, you realize that your employer has not been paying you the wages he promised in your employment contact. When taken as just a few paychecks, the difference in negligible, but after several years of this, the amount is significant.

Unfortunately, wage violations are not totally uncommon. However, there are remedies in place to help you get the back pay your employer owes you. An experienced south Florida employment attorney can help you through the entire process so that you can get the money you earned. Read further to find out more about the process of recovering your back pay.

3 facts for teens about getting paid to work in Florida

It's an exciting time when you get your first job, but there are some things you need to know. While you might want to take whatever wages you're offered, there are actually laws that determine how much you must be paid and when. These laws make sure you aren't taken advantage of, especially since you're under the age of 18.

Five ways to document age discrimination in the workplace

Many workers over 40 feel they are the victims of age discrimination in the workplace. They may feel targeted for termination.

Employment discrimination based on a person's age is illegal under Florida and federal law if the worker is over age 40. However, proving age discrimination isn't always easy. Here are five ways to document age discrimination:

What is age discrimination?

Discrimination based on a person's age is a humiliating experience. When it happens on the job, it is also illegal under Florida and federal law.

The federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act makes it illegal for employers to discriminate against or harass employees who are age 40 or older. The ADEA applies to employers with 20 or more employees. Florida's Civil Rights Act offers similar protection, but applies to more employers: those with 15 or more employees.

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