Gender discrimination still noticeable in work environment

Employees encounter unequal treatment at the workplace on various grounds, so it is not surprising that gender discrimination is the most prevalent, according to the results of the research conducted by the PR agency Chapter 4.

Two-thirds of the survey participants (64 percent) say that equality is represented in their workplace, that is, that each individual has the same status, is not discriminated against based on any kind of diversity and has fair treatment, access and equal opportunities for advancement. Slightly more than one-third of those surveyed believe that the principle of equality is not applied in their workplace.

A slightly smaller percentage of those surveyed (58 percent) believe that diversity is represented in their workplace and that everything that makes people different is appreciated and respected.

However, when it comes to inclusion, that is, the inclusion and empowerment of different groups and their integration into the business environment, that percentage drops significantly to only 42 percent of those surveyed.

Women are most often discriminated against

The most prevalent type of discrimination that the survey participants witnessed, or experienced, is based on gender (58 percent). Discrimination based on physical appearance is also widely noticeable (43 percent). This is followed by discrimination based on age (27 percent) and political orientation (21 percent). Only a little more than a quarter of survey participants say that they have never experienced discrimination at work or witnessed such a situation.

The survey results also show that employers in Serbia treat women unequally, mostly in the sense that they are paid less, there are fewer of them in management positions and they are often bypassed when it comes to promotion. 80 percent of those surveyed think so, while 60 percent of them say that women are also discriminated against based on their marital status.

People with disabilities also face discrimination to a large extent, according to 41 percent of those surveyed, while older people are also discriminated against in employment and promotion (70 percent). Younger people face discrimination to a much lesser extent (18% of survey participants have experienced or witnessed it).

(Biznis i Finansije, 04.04.2023)

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