You have always been driven and focused on your career. As a woman, all that you ask is to be treated fairly and given equal opportunities. Unfortunately, workplace discrimination based on sexism very much still exists.
You have obtained a management position and it has not been easy. You were of the opinion that the challenges you had to face to get there would be a thing of the past by now. Sadly, it just hasn’t panned out this way. Outlined below are some of the more common barriers that female managers face:
Some employers still view workers in a stereotypical manner. For instance, they may take the position that men are much more assertive, strong and calculated, thus more suited to management roles. The truth is that every individual has different strengths and weaknesses and women can be every bit as assertive as their male counterparts.
Being excluded from work-related activities is another common issue that female managers face. For example, some meetings are set in environments that are typically “male-dominated.” For instance, a meeting may have been set with a client at a golf course and you may not have been invited purely on the basis that you are a woman.
Your work should be judged based solely on your job performance. Additionally, you should not be excluded from promotions purely on the basis that you are a woman. If any of the situations described above sound familiar, then you may be a victim of workplace discrimination. This is unlawful and there are things that you can do.
If you’ve faced workplace discrimination, seeking legal guidance on the matter will give you a better idea of your options.