Majority of women believe gender stands in way of promotions
Published 26/08/2010 | 05:00
THE vast majority of Irish women feel they are still treated as second-class citizens in the workplace, according to new research.
A survey by Peninsula Ireland, a law firm that specialises in employment law, found that 83pc of women feel they are denied promotions because of their gender, while nearly two-thirds of men feel they can get away with doing less work if they have a female boss. They would also be more likely to skip work.
Three-quarters of women surveyed felt they could do as good a job as their male counterparts. Alan Price, managing director of Peninsula, said businesses need to do more to ensure there is no sex discrimination in their workplace and called for women to defend themselves in the office.
"We are in 2010. Discriminating against women should be a thing of the past. Any employer who discriminates because they believe men could do a better job could well be breaking the law," he said.
"If female employees do believe they are being unfairly overlooked for the top positions, or any position for that matter, then it is important they report this through the official channels to get the situation rectified," he added.