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I have a difficult sitaution at work. I am feeling discrminated. This started when I joined my work as a temporary staff with a male colleague. This male was given better training and was entitled to more tasks than I although we had the same job description. When I discussed this with my boss, he said that he prefers a male for these tasks. A year passed and I could prove efficiency. At the same time, the office needed to select regular staff among the temporary staff. Although we had a job interview and written exam, the management selected the most important person to the office and didn't much care for the exam and interview results. This person has become my boss as a result. Although I proved efficiency, I still feel bad because of this unjustified descrminative situation. How could I put an end to that situation in a professional manner? I love my career and doesn't want to quit but I can see that this situation negativly affects my career development. Thank you all. That is was great and I am still looking for all sort of possible answers. I'd like to clarify some thing which is I am working as a national volunteer in an international reputable humanitarian organization since more than a year. Volunteers get paied in accordance with the minimum living expences in my district. Although their contracts get renewed every year according the work need, they are not to stay beyond 4 years. I mentioned temp for just sumarizing the situation due to the limited place.

Asked By: Sara - 5/11/2007
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Talk to the Human Resources Dept. Ask them to transfer you to another dept. where you can be trained. If they will not train you, find another job. One that does not discriminate against women.
Answered By: Bonnie - 5/11/2007
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That is a hard one -- and there has been some discrimination but if you don't want to quit then maybe talk to somebody in your HR department or even talk to the state they may be able to do an investigation into the matter and may help enforce some new and better policies -- I'm not sure however how that will effect... More
Answered By: Okaydokay21 - 5/11/2007
 
I think you are being discriminated against, but if you are going to complain you will have to be prepared for the full battle. You can contact the better business bureau and perhaps involve other employees who have had similar situations.
Answered By: juju baby - 5/11/2007
 
Well men are stonger, but it doesn't make them better. Talk to the management.
Answered By: naziairtaza - 5/11/2007
 
If there are more than 50 employees at this business, you are protected from sexual descrimination under federal law. If you have the same or better education, training and background as this male colleague and your boss has told you that he prefers a male for those tasks, you have a complaint to file under the EEOC... More
Answered By: ChattyKathy - 5/11/2007
 
I have to agree with Bonnie. For a manager to actually tell you he prefers a male to do anything is in its most basic form descrimination. Not only did that statement hurt you, it also showed his priorities, and you are not one of them. Put out the "feelers" for another employer that appreciates good employees... More
Answered By: adirolffun - 5/11/2007
 
in my previous job, our boss will inform us of an assessment of how we're doing with our job and she have this paper where she discuss with us how we're progressing with our work... More
Answered By: lola-ski - 5/11/2007
 
If this company employs more than 50 people, then you can go to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC... More
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Answered By: KnowItAll - 5/11/2007
 
Unfortunately, if the promotion and hiring decisions are being made by the person who told you that he "preferred a male for these tasks" you may be fighting a battle that you can not win. It sounds like you will need to start looking for another job with another organization that is in need of someone with your... More
Answered By: hr4me - 5/11/2007
 
watch him like a hawk.study it all and help him. make yourself .DEAL WITH IT
Answered By: savage_14u2000 - 5/11/2007
 
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