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Social Inequality based on race gender and ethnicity in the work force since the 1980s has decreased to a certain extent but due to gender roles in society ethnic inequality and discrimination of minorities it will always be around Gender inequality has been an issue throughout history but as time has passed it is slowly decreasing Slowly men and women enjoy socially valued goods opportunities resources and rewards However because of current disparities equal treatment of women and men in the work force is not fully seen today True equality and development will only be achieved if women are able to participate as equal partners decision makers and beneficiaries of the sustainable development of their societies As stated by Jennifer Jarman in her article In 2003 women in Canada make an average of 72 cents for every dollar earned by men This gap is closing ever so slowly with a gain of only 8 in the last 30 years 2003197 Throughout history there have always been employment barriers for designated groups such as women people with disabilities aboriginal peoples and minorities In 1986 the employment equality act was passed to protect these four groups As seen in Carol Johnsons article the Employment Equality Act states achieve equality in the workplace so that no person shall be denied employment opportunities or benefits for reasons unrelated to ability and in the fulfillment of the goals to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment experienced by women Aboriginal peoples persons with disabilities and visible minority people by giving effect to the principle that employment equity means more than treating persons in the same way but also requires special measures and the accommodation of differences Employment Equity Act of 1995 s10 1 c As seen from the above example an affirmative action policy such as the Employment Equality Act alone is ineffective in achieving equality in the workplace Barriers are still in place for
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