The gender pay gap has declined since 1980, but women still lag behind men in income. New Yorkers may be interested to learn about a 2018 Pew Research Center study that found that women earned 85 percent of what men earned. A different study in 2017 by the Census Bureau put that figure at 80 percent. In 1980, women earned around 36 cents less than men per hour.
People deserve a workplace free of hostility. For some, being harassed or discriminated against causes serious problems. It is imperative that employers address these issues as soon as they become apparent.
Texas residents may be interested in learning about the challenges some diverse writers are facing when writing for television. According to one study, 64 percent of diverse writers say that they had experienced some type of bias, discrimination, or harassment in the workplace. Fifty-eight percent said that they have experienced micro-aggression when in the writing room. The same number of individuals experienced push back when they would pitch stories with diverse characters in non-stereotypical roles.
Many workers in New York have probably overhead inappropriate comments about people of the opposite sex but felt unable to do anything about it. A survey conducted by Ranstad US of 1,227 workers found that half of respondents failed to speak up after someone directed an inappropriate comment at a colleague. Most people did not know what they could personally do to improve gender equality at work.
New York State passed the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) on February 24, 2019. It bans discrimination in the workplace based on a person's gender identity or expression of a preferred gender. A gender identity consists of an individual's real or perceived gender, including the individual's physical appearance, expressions or general behavior. GENDA protects transgenders and others who do not identify with their birth genders.