The American work force is becoming more diverse which is causing an increase in the potential instances of gender discrimination, according to a study in the "Journal of the National Medical Association." In order to create a productive and safe workplace, employers must work on solutions for gender discrimination. With the proper company policies in place, discrimination can be reduced or eliminated.
Hiring and Promotions Policies
A solution to preventing people from getting hired based on their gender is to remove the implications of gender from the hiring and promotion process. When managers get together to discuss hiring a candidate, the information given should be based on the candidate's qualifications. The candidate's name and gender should be kept out of the final decision process. When considering promotions within the company, use the employee's accomplishments and background without including the name or gender in the discussion. All qualified employees should be considered for promotions based on their record with the company. When creating human resources policies that deal with hiring and promotions, they should be based on qualifications and not gender, the "Journal of the National Medical Association" reports.
Follow the Law
It is unlawful to discriminate against anyone based on their gender, according to federal law outlined by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. As you are creating your employee handbook and human resources policies, it is important to make the anti-discrimination laws part of your corporate procedures. Not only is it part of abiding by federal law, but the fact that it is law can make it easier to administer. There are consequences to go along with breaking the law. When you make employees understand the legal consequences of gender discrimination, you can make gender equality part of your corporate culture. When new employees enter the company, they will be entering an environment that is gender friendly.
Pay for the Job Performed
The study points out that nearly 40 percent of the female physicians surveyed by the Massachusetts Medical Society in 2000 said they feel they are making lower pay than their male counterparts. Create pay scales based on the job being done and not the person filling the position. Hire qualified people and pay them equally. This should help eliminate gender discrimination.