How power can play a role in the wage gap

On Behalf of | Jan 9, 2018 | Employee Rights |

When a harasser is removed from a New Jersey workplace, it may not necessarily put an end to the problem. In many cases, victims are vulnerable because of the power dynamics at play. In many cases, power is derived in part based on how much money a person makes. Therefore, it may be possible to link the gender wage gap to sexual harassment.

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a power disparity may be one risk factor that can lead to sexual harassment in the workplace. Typically, a woman makes 80 cents for every dollar that a man makes, and there are several possible explanations for this. For some, sexual harassment or other abusive behavior may cause them to leave an industry that may offer higher pay. Those who don’t feel good about their working conditions may not do their best work.

This may cause them to choose industries that pay less or to simply not work at all. Finally, when people are paid less, it may create the idea that they aren’t capable of doing the job. Therefore, women being paid less than men may create the idea that they aren’t as good as men and don’t deserve to be paid more.

Sexual harassment may take many forms within the workplace. For instance, victims could face unwanted comments or be asked for sexual or other favors. Those who are demoted, terminated or otherwise disciplined for complaining about such behavior may be entitled to compensation or other relief. An attorney may review a case to determine if actions a victim experienced rise to the level of illegal retaliation.

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