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Chu Hai College of Higher Education

Discrimination of Women in the Workplace
ENG 279 Business English

Liu On Ki, Angel 200822017H Lo Hoi Shan, Paula 200822050H Chow Ka Yan, Holic 200822058H Wong Tsun Ming, Thomas 200822065H Ng Cheuk Kit, Spencer 200822072H 26 April 2012

However. the number of female is more than male.500 advertised job openings. The economists found that 20 % of the attractive men received a response to their applications.000 CVs to over 2. Women tend to be employed in "helping" and support professions. For each application they sent two CVs. one without a picture and the other containing a picture of either an attractivelooking man or woman or a plain-looking man or woman. The proportion is 876 male: 1. many women still earn a lot less than men performing the same jobs even though it have been 41 years after the Equal Pay act came into force and on the eve of International Women’s day. however. However. we will state some background of average wages gap between men and women: Sometimes people might assume men and women are equal in today’s world. and are more likely to work part-time. Firstly. Meanwhile. the gaps in earnings of women and men vary from country to country. child care or elder care).000 female. However. attractive women were called to be interviewed for . In United Kingdom. (See appendix 1) Although. Also. In this project. there is still women discrimination in some countries.e. taking time off for family reasons (i.In Hong Kong. Women are more likely than men to have interrupted careers. In United Kingdom. the discrimination of women in the workplace is still a big issue. two people conduct an experiment survey and sent more than 5.. we will further discuss it by using two cases in different counties. in United States. positions that are not considered comparable in pay to men’s work. (See appendix 2 and 3) Some studies state that the gap can be explained to a large extent by non-discriminatory factors and are based in a division of labor in the home that relies more heavily on women than on men. further studies have found that a significant wage gap exists between women and men even when expected factors like family and labor force experience were eliminated and look toward systemic discrimination as one of the explanations. the reasons behind the gap are highly debated. cases are different in foreign countries. compared with 14% of men who did not include a picture and 9% who had less-than ideal looks. according to Bureau of Labour Statistics shows that woman’s median wages are less than men’s.

In Taiwan. Another case is the discrimination on pregnant women. In 2007.6% interviewees think that employers will not hire pregnant women although the Sex Discrimination Ordinance protects women have the same right as normal people when she is pregnant. It will increase the pressure of women being pregnant and the daily life of them after pregnancy. The increases in discrimination on pregnant women will cause some side effect to the society.a position less often than both plain-looking women and women who had no picture on their resumé. including pregnant people. there is a law to protect staffs against discrimination. some women’s position was changed or even be fired by the employer when they became pregnant. However. and researches also show that the wages gap between them is decreasing through time. In Hong Kong. . age and disable discrimination. In some countries. it becomes one of the reasons that the born rate of some countries dropped as women choose to maintain the job position rather than being pregnant. although many countries are now enacted with laws to protect and ensure the equality between men and women. In United States. To conclude that. she's filed a case on Citibank for creating a discriminatory environment for her at the workplace. Therefore. it is still having discrimination in some extent. They fired her because she is essentially "too hot" for the organization and thus distracting for her fellow male employees. this problem becomes more serious than Hong Kong. It is a serious problem in the society. there are 72. Now. there is the lawsuit about a woman called Debrahlee Lorenzana who worked in the Citibank was fired because she is too sexy. It is because the employers think that pregnant women cannot finish their work efficiently. The reason for the discrimination may be the nature of works. the need of different work kind of labor etc. there is more than 50% of the work-place discrimination cases are about pregnant discrimination while the other is related to the sex. from the research of Women’s commission.

Appendix 1: United Kingdom – the gender pay gap Appendix 2: United States – women’s earnings as a percent of men’s. by industry Appendix 3: The world of women’s wages as a percentage of men’s wages .

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