Sexism in the Workplace

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Despite Legislation for Equal Opportunities, sexism is still in evidence in

the workplace.

Sexism is a particular concern for society when considering it's effect in the

workplace. Sexism has always been a particular problem in the labour

market especially with the formation of capitalism. In the last half of the

20th century this has been especially highlighted due to the increase of

woman entering the labour market. This aroused the need for a legislation

for equal opportunity for both sex's to be passed in 1975. It stated that

discrimination of a persons sex whether male or female was unlawful in

employment, union membership, education, provision of goods, services,

advertisements and pay.

In this essay the discussion will cover subjects such as why woman hold a

large percentage of the work force in companies but hardly any seem to

have any power. Obstacles in the way of woman in careers, if women

prefer different jobs to men, equal pay for both sexes and what's changed

since the law was made an Act of Parliament.

This essay will only

concentrate on the problem of sex discrimination in the U.K.

Sex discrimination means that a person gets treated in a less favorable

manner because of their sex. A good example of this is to take two fictional

characters, Mr. and Mrs. Jones. The Jones's want to go swimming, they get

to the swimming baths where they find that Mrs. Jones is charged an O.A.P.

price while Mr. Jones has to pay the full price even though they are both the

same age. This is because woman become pensioners at the age of sixty

while men cannot gain the benefits until they are sixty five.

Sex discrimination is not only present within the older generation but is also

evident throughout the entire age...