This is the second volume of a two part volume book on workplace discrimination. Volume I of this book ?Discrimination 101: The Complete Guide to Recognizing and Surviving Discrimination in the Workplace? (Volume I) - covers the history and structure of the EEOC; how to process a workplace complaint; a collection of ?individual? and ?class-action? complaints filed by the private and public sector; and many other aspects of discrimination in the...
This is the second volume of a two part volume book on workplace discrimination. Volume I of this book “Discrimination 101: The Complete Guide to Recognizing and Surviving Discrimination in the Workplace” (Volume I) - covers the history and structure of the EEOC; how to process a workplace complaint; a collection of ‘individual’ and ‘class-action’ complaints filed by the private and public sector; and many other aspects of discrimination in the workplace.
This book deals specifically with many issues that women face in the workplace. It’s important that you read both books to totally understand your rights in the workplace.
As a workplace consultant, I have probably advised thousands of men and women on how to handle workplace discrimination issues both in private industry and government. However, latest statistics shows that it is women, single parents and heads of households –who are the latest victims of this economy, the outsourcing of jobs and the downsizing of corporations.
Women are still discriminated against in most aspects of society. They are discriminated against in employment, housing, education, and many other areas.
According to experts some of the most alarming statistics regarding women in the workplace include:
• Depression is the number one barrier women face in the workplace.
• The federal government, the world’s largest employer, has always fostered the “sex-for-jobs” atmosphere.
• One out of 20 African American women in the federal government especially federal law enforcement has been on stress leave, is contemplating going on stress leave or is currently on stress leave. Of course the leave is ‘unpaid.’
• Over 40% of female veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan reported suffering psychological trauma from sexual assaults or harassment. Four out of ten women have been raped. So a female solider is more likely to be attacked by a fellow soldier than killed by military fire.
• Hundreds of teenagers file discrimination complaints each year. More than 70 percent of the cases are sex-related.
• Over 70% of women in workplaces are mothers but there is very little “flex time” - anywhere.
• Over 98% of all leadership books in the workplace were written by men.
• Laws to protect women in the workplace have not been revamped in the past 20 years. More women vote than men - so why haven’t laws been introduced and passed to protect women in the workplace?
But the statistics do not fully tell the story of the anguish of women who have been told in various ways on the first day of a job that sexual favors are expected. Or the story of women who were sexually assaulted by men with whom they continued to work.
Women don’t go to work to be touched, to be talked down to, and to be told what their bodies look like. They know what their bodies look like. But constant remarks about their bodies, and unwanted touching, advances, mean-spirited “pranks” and other forms of sexual harassment are a regular occurrence for many women in the workplace today.
There is a lack of sensitivity in the workplace when it comes to women. Women are treated poorly by their colleagues and superiors simply because they are women. Many women walk away from the workplace because they don’t understand their rights. We need to connect the present conditions in the community with “employment discrimination.” We need to look at ‘criminalizing’ discrimination because people do end up homeless as a result especially women.
EEOC is suppose to be the governmental agency that ensures equal treatment for all Americans --especially women in the workplace. EEOC doesn’t enforce anything but the right of managers to abuse employees especially women employees. EEOC doesn’t work! So what are we doing about it? We must introduce new legislation to abolish the current EEOC system and replace it with something that does work.
More women vote than men. So why are we allowing workplace abuse (sexual harassment, sex and race discrimination, sexism, pregnancy and religion discrimination, stalking, intimidation, workplace bullying, workplace violence, etc.) especially against women -- to take place?
Cathy Harris is a workplace discrimination expert and consultant who have advised thousands of men and women on how to handle workplace discrimination issues both in private industry and government. During her 27 year tenure in the federal government, she filed 10 Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) complaints including a Sexual Harassment and Whistleblower complaint and successfully prevailed in her lawsuit against her employer. Her books and articles are full of content-rich material to help anyone get back into the driver’s seat. She is a veteran and lives in Atlanta. She is available for lectures, seminars and workshops at www.CathyHarrisSpeaks.com. For more empowerment information join the mailing list and buy other books by Cathy Harris at www.AngelsPress.com.