We’re so used to women getting discriminated against, especially in the workplace, that we don’t stop for one second to consider that the reverse is true as well. Discrimination against men is a real thing, and it is currently affecting the job market in ways you didn’t think were possible.
A very interesting study was conducted in 2016 by a sociologist from the University of Texas at Austin, by the name of David Pedulla. In short, he created a few thousand fake resumes of both men and women, gave them roughly the same educational and work background and sent them out to different companies. He applied for a part-time job for all of them.
Curiously enough, while the resume belonging to women received decent call-backs (you can see the actual figures in the study following the link we provided above), the men were penalized. Professor Pedulla believes the reason for this is that the applications were for part-time jobs instead of full-time.
When it came to women, the employers were more lenient. They probably assumed the women had children to raise or a family to take care of. Or, they simply wanted to protect women and not overwork them. As far as the men go, however, applying for a part-time job was seen as not wanting or being able to commit or not wanting to work very hard, as a man is traditionally supposed to.
Evidently, this is discrimination against men. And it is affecting the job market.
More Discrimination Against Men
Other examples include cases such as that of the Ventura Corporation. They sell beauty products and were sued for discriminating against men when they refused to hire some as sales representatives. Evidently, this is an age-old practice that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. Beauty products for women are sold by women and those for men by men.
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In another case, even celebrity host Jimmy Fallon along with the network that houses him, NBC, was sued for discriminating against men. The plaintiff is a former stage manager on the show. He claims he was fired back in 2010 for the simple reason that he is, you’ve guessed it, a man. He also claims that the director of Jimmy Fallon’s show told him this. The man was being fired because “Jimmy just prefers to take direction from a woman.”
Last year, the suit was tossed by a judge, who happens to be a woman. She expertly agreed that the plaintiff is not right, seeing as men fill several positions in Fallon’s staff. The stage manager is planning to go on an appeal.
Evidently, we don’t know if these allegations are true not, but one thing is certain. Discrimination against men in the workplace is real and is affecting the job market. Men might not yet be as discriminated as women are, but they are surely receiving a slice of the cake. Write to us in the comment section below and let us know what you think about this hotly debated topic.