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Sexual Discrimination in the Workplace

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Jeffrey Ong

on 10 March 2011

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Transcript of Sexual Discrimination in the Workplace

Sexual Discrimination In the Workplace Gender Sexual Orientation Brief Overiew - What is Sexual Discrimination?
- Gender based Sexual Discrimination
- Sexual Orientation based Discrimination
- Questions?
- Acknowledgments
Have you ever been sexually discriminated against at work? Well, let's look at the bigger picture... Sexual Discrimination:

Definiton: Discrimination (usually in employment) that excludes one's sex or sexual orientation for the benefit of another Some History. . . - Women have always been discriminated against most
- They have always had a history of low wages in comparison to men
- This has continued until the "Equal Pay Act" was introduced in America
- In Canada, the Federal Government introduced the Female Employees Equal Pay Act
- the "glass ceiling" is a good example of things preventing women from being sucessful in the work force Before equal pay, the ratio of wages of women's to men's was 58% Today... - women have steadily moved into jobs and occupations that used to be solely reserved for men
- education for women about job opportunities has increased in the recent years
-especially for third world countries
-the divide between gender inequalities in the workplace is slowly decreasing
-however women are STILL discriminated against frequently in the workplace Glass Ceiling: A situation where the advancement of a fully qualified person is stopped at a lower level because of some for of discrimination Real World Examples - FedEx - FedEx was charged with violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
- Ms. Shaub was awarded aprox. 2.5 million dollars in damages because she was the only female truck driver in her division and was discriminated against
- Male co-workers made anti-female remarks about Shaub and even sabotaged her brakes
- The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) aided Ms. Shaub in her case against sexual discrimination "Ms. Shaub is pleased with this verdict and hopes that she is the last Federal Express worker male or female who has to go through this kind of horrific, perilous ordeal."
Real World Examples Continued -- Dow Chemical Co. - Signed the Women's Empowerment Principles partnership along with over a hundred other countries
- Goal is to promote gender equality and women empowerment in the workplace
- The partnership continues to change business practices in favour of fair emplyment and equality practices in the workplace
- The compnay has their own Women's Innovation Network and continues to promote equality within their workplace and around the world How is it different? - it isn't based on your sex
- in some cases, the discrimination can be more severe and even lead to harassment
- Currently in Canada there are several federal laws that protects gay, lesbian or transgendered worker ...But what about America? - Unfortunately, there is no definite law that protects LGBT individuals from discrimination
- It remains legal in 29 states to discriminate based on sexual orientation
-Thousands are discriminated against everday Employee Non-Discrimination Act - Also known as EDNA
- It is a bill going to the process of being examined
- Not yet passed
- Would protect LGBT workers from being discriminated against
Real World Examples - "Don't ask, don't tell" - Military personnel who say they are gay are automaticaly discharged from the U.S army
- From 1994 to 2009, 13389 military personnel have been discharged becuase of DADT
- This number only includes the people who decided to report they have been discharged
- The vote to repeal DADT was 65-31 and DADT was repealed on Dec 22nd 2010 Questions anyone? Acknoledgements

Thank You!
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