Women in Michigan continue to struggle with workplace discrimination whether they are working in entry-level jobs, blue-collar professions or executive offices. Depending on their positions and experience in the workforce, women have raised a number of different concerns about how discriminatory policies affect their livelihood. One organization surveyed 1,000 Americans for International Women’s Day about their concerns for women today. Around 20% said that ending the gender pay gap is their main concern as white American women continue to earn around 82 cents to every man’s dollar.

Gender discrimination can overlap with racial discrimination here. The effects of the pay gap are especially challenging for black women and other women of color, who are significantly disadvantaged in comparison to white women.

While more women are taking on highly skilled and well-paid jobs, there are a number of workplace policies that may hold women back from achieving their full potential. One of those concerns is the lack of a parental leave policy, which often affects mothers the most. Pregnant women or new parents may be treated differently or passed over for promotions, and they may be forced to leave jobs or switch to part-time work due to the lack of accessible leave to enable them to care for their children.

Around 10% of women said that creating a federal standard for parental leave was their top priority as did 8% of men. After all, a parental leave policy would also allow fathers greater protection for time spent caring for their children. Other respondents raised concerns about the lack of equal female representation in the highest executive offices and boardrooms.

While widespread attention has helped to challenge some forms of workplace discrimination, women continue to lose out in the workplace. An employment law attorney may help victims of discrimination fight for justice.