What is reverse gender discrimination? How does it impact workplace? 

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 What is reverse gender discrimination? How does it impact workplace? 
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Highlights

  • Reverse gender discrimination does exist but either not reported or not acknowledged, probably to guard the so-called “patriarchy.”
  • Some males feel discriminated at workplace as women are granted favours for higher pay, additional perks, and quicker promotions, based on their gender.
  • Need of the hour is to implement more diverse and inclusive measures to check reverse gender discrimination.

We have often heard and talked about women facing challenges at work, be it sexual harassment complaints, gender pay gap, or general grievances. But how many of us get wind about reverse gender discrimination instances? The numbers for the two cases of gender discrimination that we have touched upon will have a substantial difference as the latter is either not reported or not acknowledged, probably to guard the so-called “patriarchy.”

Today, in this article, we will unfold the deeper layers of reverse gender discrimination and how does it impact workplace.

Reverse discrimination in workplace

Reverse gender discrimination refers to unequal treatment of the members of a majority group on the basis of gender. This is commonly seen in workplaces where women are given preferences for specific roles and privileges over better qualified men staff.

Numerous instances occur at workplaces when we know the reasons for a promotion, transfer, rewards, and recognition are far beyond an employee’s qualifications or performance. The reasoning roots from discrimination or biases based on several factors, including gender.

A section of the male population does feel discriminated at workplace as women are granted favours for higher pay, additional perks as well as quicker promotions, based on their gender.

Male employees getting unequal treatment at workplace

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How do men face reverse discrimination?

Many reports suggest that men have greater exposure to challenging working conditions as compared to women employees. There are some policies and practices that are unfair to them.

Many times, men are expected to do night shifts, and physically tasking and risky jobs. They are put under high pressure at workplace and are expected to deliver for longer hours.

Need of the hour: More diverse and inclusive measures

Male employees getting unequal treatment at workplace

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Undoubtedly, growing number of instances of reverse gender discrimination is a cause for concern. There is an urgent need to firstly acknowledge the prevalence of reverse gender discrimination and secondly, addressing it with highly prospective and corrective measures.

The workplaces, and society in general, are required to take measures that empower one gender without discriminating another. There has to be inclusion of the entire workforce in activities and events at a workplace.  

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