New survey shows how gender is still discriminated in the workplace

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Photo credit: Regan Cameron for Harper's Bazaar

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Photo credit: Regan Cameron for Harper's Bazaar
Photo credit: Regan Cameron for Harper's Bazaar

A new survey has revealed the level to which bosses in the UK discriminate against gender in the work place.

500 managers were anonymously questioned by law firm Slater and Gordan. The findings concluded that if women were single mothers or if there was a chance that they would be requiring maternity leave in the future, they were less likely to be employed because they are seen as a business risk.

A third of bosses said that they would reject a female candidate in fear that should would start a family and then require maternity leave. It also revealed that one in four employers would turn a woman down for a role if they knew she was a single parent.

Some employers even admitted to turning female candidates away even before they get the chance to apply, with 37 per cent saying they would advertise roles as only available to men, if the law allowed them to.

40 per cent of those surveyed thought that men were more committed to their jobs, with 36 per cent seeing women as more of a risk to business than their male counterparts.

If those employers had already hired women within their company, 14 per cent of them did nothing to support mothers returning to work from maternity leave.

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