Combat Sex Stereotyping in the Workplace

Key Points

  • An employer should adopt gender neutral terms in the workplace that will help dispel gender-related stereotypes. Managers and supervisors should avoid making any generalizations based on gender.
  • All employees, including managers and supervisors, should be educated and trained on what constitutes sex stereotyping, the problems associated with stereotyping and the legal risks involved.
  • An employer should develop and implement innovative HR policies, including dependent care benefits, flexible work arrangements, parental leave, and child care options, which address family concerns and lessen the stereotype of female issues.
  • An employer should work to create a fair working environment where both males and females are treated with respect.
  • All employment decisions should be documented in detail, free of gender bias and based only on employee skills and performance.

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