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Female employees face more discipline

Women working in New York are often concerned about the very real problems of wage and hiring discrimination. A recent study indicates that female employees may have one more issue to worry about -- they are more likely to be disciplined for real or perceived violations at the office.

All workplaces have rules, and these rules exist for good reason. It is important for employees to understand what is expected of them and for employers to be clear about the kind of behavior that won't be tolerated in the office or organization. However, enforcement of these rules can often be arbitrary because it is human supervisors who are generally responsible for identifying violations and then either reporting it to management or addressing the issue directly with the employee.

In a recent study, subjects were asked to review hypothetical case studies of workplace rule violations. Subjects were then asked about the level of punishment appropriate in each case. White male study participants were more likely to recommend stronger punishments for black workers as well as female workers.

This kind of bias can have a significant impact on the career trajectories of black and female employees. Punishments could lead to termination, demotion or slower career growth. Over time, damage to an employee's career can have negative financial effects, making it more difficult for them to qualify for credit, a mortgage or even to save for retirement.

Someone who has been the victim of workplace discrimination may benefit from consulting with an experienced employment law attorney. The lawyer might be able to review the client's case and make recommendations regarding a course of action. Options could include reporting an employer to federal and state employment regulation agencies, seeking a settlement or possible litigation.

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