Sex discrimination in the workplace can have serious repercussions on both an organizational and individual level. People who experience persistent mistreatment might suffer long-term psychological effects.
The emotional toll of discrimination can interfere with victims’ self-esteem, lower their productivity and jeopardize their careers.
People will continue to suffer as long as mistreatment happens. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, sex discrimination includes the following:
- Offensive remarks about one’s gender orientation or sexual identity
- Consistent delegation of undesirable tasks
- Discipline based upon unfounded claims
- Withholding benefits
- Preventing promotions
People experiencing discrimination should immediately address their concerns with human resources. An employer should promptly respond and inform the complainant of the actions they will take. If mistreatment persists, victims may need to involve higher authorities, leave their jobs or take legal action.
The emotional impact of discrimination can have severe consequences. The American Psychological Association reports that discrimination can trigger health conditions including obesity, depression, substance abuse and high blood pressure. If ignored, the impact of mistreatment could threaten victims’ quality of life and have fatal consequences.
Victims should actively seek the help of professionals in overcoming the emotional trauma of their experience. They can learn about methods for managing triggers and mitigating emotional episodes. With adequate help, people may gradually heal to the point where they can continue working without experiencing fear or angst. The U.S. government protects those who face a higher risk of experiencing discrimination in the workplace. Everyone deserves the right to have an enjoyable and successful career.