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Workplace discrimination based on gender remains issue in Texas

Both men and women can make significant contributions to a workplace, providing their own strengths in the areas of leadership, understanding and organization. However, some companies devalue one gender while valuing the other in Texas, thus leading to workplace discrimination that can affect employees' ability to claim promotions, for example. Experts say that discrimination against women, in particular, can be subtle and thus often goes unnoticed.

In today's society, women typically are not treated in the hostile manner that they were in the past, researchers said. Rather, women tend to receive more verbal praise than men do while still getting lower numerical ratings on their performance in the workplace. This shows that employers often do not give women the constructive feedback they need to move up the ladder in their jobs.

Honest feedback is critical to helping both women and members of minority groups to excel in the workplace. Employers should not fear offending an employee when critiquing his or her performance, experts said. Professional feedback, no matter how harsh, can benefit all types of workers.

Treatment of women in the workplace certainly has improved over the past few decades. However, some employers still treat women differently from men in their hiring, firing or promotion decisions, which violates federal law. Evidence of this can be provided in a workplace discrimination claim filed by the woman who feels that she has been wronged in Texas. Understanding the specific factors that must be proved in order to succeed in this type of situation is helpful for those who desire to pursue a gender discrimination claim against a company.

Source: ksl.com, Discrimination against women in the workplace can be subtle, study says, Nkoyo Iyamba November, Nov. 29, 2013

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