In the United States, all workers deserve equal, fair treatment. This is true no matter how old they are, what religion they follow, what ethnicity they are or what gender they are -- just to name a few examples.
For doctors, nurses and others working in the medical field, the reality is that gender discrimination still exists. It does not matter that outright discrimination is illegal and that gender is a protected class. It appears that it still happens, and it can hold women back.
If you experience gender discrimination -- or discrimination of any other kind -- in the workplace, you need to know that this practice is illegal. It does violate your rights. Do not assume that you must put up with it and accept it as part of the workplace environment.
You know all about the impact of gender discrimination on your career. It has been holding you back. You feel like your superiors have passed you over for promotions based on your gender. You know it's why you haven't gotten jobs -- or even interviews -- with other companies. Maybe you also have serious questions about your pay and benefits.
If you work in a STEM job (science, technology, engineering and math), odds are good that you have seen discrimination at work. Maybe it's happened to you. Maybe it's happened to a co-worker while you were around. Unfortunately, it is very common, especially gender discrimination and sexual discrimination.
When setting educational requirements for a job, it's important for the requirements to be relevant to the job at hand. There has to be a reason for the employer to set that standard. This is to keep employers from discriminating based on educational levels.
Look at your current workplace. Do you feel like there are more men than women?
If you get to work and find racial slurs written on the glass door to your office, it's fairly obvious that you are being harassed and discriminated against on the job. It's things like this -- and worse -- that are why we have such extensive anti-discrimination laws today.
Your struggles with mental health issues are hard enough to deal with on your own. It takes everything you have to stay on top of it and live a fulfilling life. The last thing you need is to face discrimination in the workplace based on your condition.
Racial discrimination can take many forms. According to a bill recently passed unanimously by the California State Senate, it includes regulations involving "traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles."