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Syma Spanjers and Francesca Heath-Clarke write for People Management on tackling discrimination against young female workers

While many businesses have taken steps to address gender inequality in the workplace, there is undoubtedly far more progress that needs to be made, particularly in the context of young individuals.

A recent report produced by the Young Women’s Trust, found that 50 per cent of young women had experienced discrimination at work, up from 42 per cent in 2022. This is perhaps unsurprising given that 34 per cent of HR decision makers agree that sexist behaviour still exists within their organisation. Indeed, 31 per cent of young women earning more than £40,000 are paid less than young men for the same work. 

In an article for People Management, Syma Spanjers, Senior Associate, and Francesca Heath-Clarke, Trainee Solicitor, explain how employers can help curb workplace sexism.

See a snippet of the piece below:

There are a number of steps, many of which are straightforward, that employers can take to help address gender inequality in the workplace. Line managers (who play a vital role in tackling such issues) should receive appropriate guidance and training, treat people fairly and never tolerate inappropriate behaviour. All staff should be encouraged to call out discriminatory treatment if they see it happening to a female colleague at work. This will help to encourage a firmwide culture in which staff are alert to the existence of gender inequality, including in the context of young women, and actively seek to combat it. 

Read the full piece in People Management here.

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