Gender discrimination refers to the unfair treatment or prejudice against individuals based on their gender, typically in the workplace. It occurs when individuals are treated differently or face disadvantages due to their gender, rather than their skills, qualifications, or abilities.
If a company consistently promotes male employees to higher positions while equally qualified female employees are overlooked, it can be considered gender discrimination. Similarly, paying male and female employees different salaries for the same work or denying opportunities, such as training or career development, based on gender are also instances of gender discrimination. Gender discrimination is prohibited in many countries and is a violation of equal employment opportunity laws. HR departments play a crucial role in creating inclusive and equitable work environments by implementing policies, practices, and training programs that address and prevent gender discrimination.