While much has made recently about sexual harassment women experience, it may not be the only type of discrimination that they have to deal with. In fact, Texas residents and others tend to feel like they are discriminated against in general just because they are female. A poll was conducted by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health that tried to get a sense of how large the issue of harassment was.
Of those who responded, 68 percent said that America discriminated against them because of their gender. Furthermore, 31 percent said that they were discriminated against when applying for jobs while 56 percent said that they believed men made more than they did where they lived. Of those between the ages of 18-29, 60 percent of respondents said that they had personal experiences being harassed or knew a family member who was harassed.
However, only 17 percent of respondents aged 65 or older felt that way. In addition to feeling discrimination when looking for work, respondents said that they didn't feel comfortable seeking health care services for fear of unequal treatment. The data found that this was generally true for most women despite their race or ethnicity. Income levels also played a role in how women perceived their environment.
Those who may have faced workplace discrimination may have grounds to take legal action. Discrimination may occur if an individual is denied a job, denied a promotion or is otherwise denied an opportunity simply because of that person's gender. Workers who are terminated after making discrimination claims may be entitled to compensation for back pay and the value of lost benefits. Reinstatement to their former position may also be an option for those who are wrongfully terminated by an employer.