You might be feeling angry, frustrated, or powerless after experiencing sexism at work.
You might not know what to do or who to turn to. But we want you to know that you’re not alone. And you have options.
In this article, let’s talk about what constitutes sexism in the workplace, what you can do if you’re a victim of it, and how to create a support system. We hope this information will help empower you to take action and fight back against sexism in your workplace.
Defining sexism in the workplace
Sexism in the workplace can take on many different forms. It might be as blatant as being passed up for a promotion because you’re of a specific gender, or it might be more subtle, like being ignored in meetings or being talked down to by your colleagues. But whatever form it takes, sexism in the workplace is never okay. And we mustn’t brush it off or ignore it.
The impact of sexism in the workplace
Sexism in the workplace can have a major impact on your career. It can make you feel like you’re not good enough, or that you don’t deserve to be where you are. It can make you doubt yourself and your abilities. But it’s crucial to remember that you’re not alone. There are plenty of other people out there who have faced the same thing. And there are ways to fight back.
How to counter sexism that manifests
First, try to document what’s happening. Keep a journal of all the instances of sexism that you experience, including the date, time, and witnesses (if any). This information will be helpful if you decide to take any legal action down the road.
Second, talk to your supervisor. Let them know what’s been going on and see if they can help. Chances are they’re not aware of what’s happening, but they may want to know the details so that they can address the issue. Third, get support from your peers. Lean on your friends and other colleagues for strength and solidarity and know that you’re not unaided in this fight.
How to report sexism in the workplace
If you’re a victim of sexism in the workplace, don’t suffer in silence. Speak up and report it. You have the right to be treated fairly and without discrimination at work.
There are a few ways to report discrimination, and the best way to find out which one is right for you is to speak to an employment lawyer. However, if you’re not ready to part with the money, some of the most common ways to report sexism in the workplace include making a formal complaint to your HR department.
No one should have to put up with sexism at work, and you don’t have to. If you’re experiencing any form of workplace sexism, whether it’s overt or subtle, there are steps you can take to fight back and protect your rights. First, document everything. Then, speak out. Don’t be afraid to call out sexism when you see it. People need to know that this kind of behavior is not acceptable and that it won’t be tolerated.