HR & Management

Women still feel discriminated against in British workplaces

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21 March 2014

Over a quarter of women claim to have experienced some kind of gender discrimination at work, including groping by male colleagues and questions about their intention to start a family, according to new research by Business Environment.

The survey found that in an effort to avoid discrimination, women are adopting a more sombre dress code, with one one in five admitting to have changed the way they dress to display less cleavage, while over 14 per cent have worn longer hemlines at work.

Furthermore, 30 per cent feel having children has held them back, with one in five women surveyed claiming they might have missed out on a promotion as a direct result of taking maternity leave.

The research also found that over a quarter of employers admitted reluctance to hire women of childbearing age, while 26 per cent of employers claimed they would have reservations about hiring females that already have children.

David Saul, co-founder and managing director at Business Environment said: “These results demonstrate just how widespread the problem of gender discrimination in the workplace is.

“What these results show is that employers are still discriminating against women who choose to have children as well as work. The ‘you can have it all’ generation are being failed by their employers.”

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