Women face greater discrimination at work: survey

By Ann Yu, The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — A survey conducted by the Council of Labor Affairs found a greater number of women reported suffering from gender discrimination in the workplace than men, with being passed over for pay raises and promotions at the top of the list of complaints. In the survey of randomly selected workers conducted in 2012, the council polled over 3,000 women and nearly 1,100 men.

Among the different cases of gender discrimination, women said they felt unfairly treated because of their gender in areas such as salary increases, promotions and duty appointments.

Women working in the construction industry reported the highest level of mistreatment in pay rises, at 11.4 percent. The manufacturing sector had the second-highest level, at 8.5 percent. The service sector was third with 7.6 percent.

The sense of dissatisfaction among women seeking employment was the highest among those in the telecommunication and technology sector, at 7.3 percent.

The reports also showed that 5 percent of the women surveyed felt mistreated because of marital reasons, while 0.7 percent of men said they felt mistreated. Cases of such discrimination include difficulties in asking for leave or being passed over for promotion.

The rate of women who believed they suffered discrimination due to maternity reasons stood at 6.1 percent. Most felt mistreated over difficulties requesting for maternity leave, or over being asked by employers to voluntarily resign. Discrimination due to pregnancy in the telecommunications sector was found to be the highest, recording 12.1 percent, with the insurance sector second at 10.3 percent.

As for sexual harassment in the workplace, 5.2 percent of the women surveyed said they had been harassed, with colleagues at the top of the list and clients second. Of those who said they had been harassed, 75 percent filed complaints. Those who chose not to cited reasons such as being afraid of losing their jobs or being worried about office gossip.