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NORTHERN ILLINOIS EMPLOYMENT LAW FIRM
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Determining Signs Of Gender Discrimination At Work

According to the Illinois Human Rights Act, employers cannot discriminate employees on the basis of their gender. While penalties are strict, the trend is still apparent in workplaces across the state however – in a subtler way. Gender bias has no place in business, whether an office is male-dominated or not.

You may have been targeted without being aware of it. Here are some common signs you are being discriminated against because you are a female employee.

Male Colleagues Are Praised For Their Feedback, You Are Ignore

This is common in a lot of board rooms across the U.S. Female employees are often ignored in meetings or their ideas are shot down. However, when they are repeated by men, they get accepted and the male employees are also praised for them. If your ideas are being poached like this, you are being discriminated against.

You Are Maintaining A Balancing Act

As a woman, you may have trouble asserting yourself and remaining likeable in the workplace. You know that if you are too considerate, your colleagues may walk all over you. However, if you are aloof or short with your replies, you may be ostracized.

Maintaining this balancing act can be a challenge and your authority may still be undermined and may find yourself apologizing more than necessary. If your male colleagues are not facing this issue, you may be a victim of gender bias.

You Have To Keep Proving Yourself

Most managers and high executives tend to judge men based on their likeability and potential rather than on their work. The same higher ups expect women to keep proving themselves with facts that prove their contributions. If you feel your boss is ignoring you in favor of male colleagues who are doing the same things you are, you are being discriminated against. If the situation escalates to sexual harassment, you have more than enough grounds to file a lawsuit.

Business has to be genderless for it to succeed. If you are a victim of gender bias in the workplace, get in touch with an attorney at the Law Office of Michael T. Smith today. We have been fighting for the rights of victims just like you for three decades and are known for aggressive representation. It doesn’t matter whether you work for a small store or a Fortune 500 company. We will take them all to task in court and ensure you get the compensation you deserve.

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