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Gender discrimination in the workplace: Failure to promote

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Unfortunately, gender-based discrimination in the federal sector is alive and well.

Women are an indispensable part of the workplace. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, women make up 47 percent of the American workforce. Yet, women are poorly represented in leadership roles.

In the federal sector, an increased number of women are being passed over for leadership positions, for no real reason.

Less qualified, less experienced male employees are getting these leadership roles.

Gender-based discrimination in the federal government has been occurring increasingly often over the past two years. And failure to promote isn't the only example of this behavior. Unequal pay, assigning undesirable tasks to female employees, and asking unfair interview questions ("Are you planning on having kids?") are all potential examples of gender-based discrimination.

Female employees may have legal options

Gender-based discrimination in the workplace is illegal. Employers cannot treat an employee differently or unfairly because of gender.

Yet many victims of gender discrimination do not speak out or take action against their employers. Why?

Speaking out after experiencing gender-based discrimination in the workplace can be a nerve-wracking experience. Female employees may fear not being believed, being dismissed or being retaliated against. Unfortunately, this prevents many from seeking the help they deserve.

It is important for these individuals to be aware of their rights and legal options. Besides the illegality of gender discrimination, victims may also be eligible for compensation.

If you have experienced gender discrimination in the federal workplace, it is advisable to talk to an employment law attorney who specifically represents federal employees.

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