Meanwhile, 25 countries don’t explicitly protect against workplace pay discrimination
What a wonderful world this would be — if these 68 countries got their acts together.
More than a third of countries don’t have any laws prohibiting workplace sexual harassment, according to a new report from the University of California, Los Angeles’ WORLD Policy Analysis Center. That leaves vulnerable nearly 235 million women working in those 68 countries.
What’s more, the analysis of all 193 United Nations member states found, almost 82 million women work in nations with no legal safeguards against gender discrimination in promotion, demotion and pay, and no access to work vocational training.
“Gender discrimination in the workplace adversely affects employees and their families, and impedes the economic success of companies and countries,” WORLD founding director Jody Heymann said in a statement. “And while progress has been made, hundreds of millions of women face discrimination with no recourse, and women in underrepresented groups have the least protections.”
The study found that just 87 of the 193 countries — fewer than half — ensure equal pay for work of equal value on the basis of gender. Meanwhile, 25 countries don’t explicitly protect against workplace pay discrimination. And though 152 nations offer protection against gender discrimination in promotions or demotions, just 126 shield people from both gender- and race/ethnicity-based discrimination.
A paltry 16 countries protect from workplace discrimination based on both gender identity and sexual orientation, according to the report.
“It’s critical for all nations to have, and effectively enforce, laws that specifically protect against sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace,” Heymann said. “At the same time, recent events in the U.S. serve as an important reminder that even with laws in place, we will only make enough progress when all people and all institutions contribute to changing norms and practices.”
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