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A new study has revealed that at least 25% of workers in Scotland have witnessed some sort of gender bias in the workplace according to a poll from The Scotsman.
Campaign groups looking to end gender inequality stated that it was not surprising to see that women suffered some mistreatment in the workplace as a result of their gender. The poll, which surveyed just over 1,000 people found that both men and women had suffered some gender discrimination in the workplace.
The news regarding gender inequality comes following a report which showed that women in Scotland were being paid less than their male coworkers, with females in full-time jobs were paid £1.74 an hour less than men in the same job once they reached the age of 50.
As well as reveal the extent of gender discrimination in the workplace, the study questioned overall attitudes to sex discrimination and found little support for a mandatory gender split in public roles.
However, just over a third of all those questioned stated that they could see a time where gender discrimination was no longer an issue in Scotland. Younger people showed more optimism with 58% of all 18-24 year-olds stating that they believed there would be a time where gender inequality was no longer a factor in Scottish society. More than 50% of all those asked saying that they saw gender inequality to be an important aspect of modern society that needed to be addressed.
43% of all those asked believed that not enough had been done to eradicate gender inequality. Talat Yaqoob, co-founder, and chair of Women 50:50, a group which campaigns for equal representation in political forums and on company boards, said: “It is disappointing but not surprising that one in four people polled have reported that they have experienced gender inequality in the workplace.
“Until we tackle society-wide sexism, we will continue to have workplaces where women are not treated as equals. We must do more to challenge the industry and make our workplaces more progressive. Better recruitment policy, better equality and diversity training, tackling maternity discrimination and challenging casual sexism, all must be taken seriously to instigate any real change.”
Although there have been a number of initiatives taken to try and eradicate gender discrimination, with more emphasis put on equal pay and equal treatment, sadly, such inequality still occurs. Thankfully, if you have been mistreated, discriminated against or harassed in the workplace, you could be entitled to take legal action.
To take legal action, it is vital to have as much evidence to support your claim as possible. This could range from witness statements from co-workers, email chains, documents to support your claim, HR records, and even audio files.
If you have been unfairly treated in the workplace, underpaid, unfairly dismissed, or discriminated against due to your gender, contact our team of expert employment lawyers today using our online contact form.