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In 1972 the government attempting to correct discrimination in the workplace passed the Equal Employment Opportunity Act This act protects individual rights and promotes employment opportunities and fairness for everyone within the workplace Klingner Nalbandian 1998 p 158 This act should have eliminated gender bias and pay inequities but has it accomplished its goal Are employment opportunities and promotion opportunities fair and equal to everyone Does gender bias and pay inequities still exist in 2000 28 years after the passage of the act In researching this topic I do find that gender bias and pay inequities are still prevalent in todays work world Because there are so many women and minorities in the workforce today I will attempt to explore some of the reasons why gender bias and pay inequities still exist Background Organizational Culture First does the organizational culture attribute to gender bias and pay inequalities In researching this topic I find the answer to be yes Many times the organizational culture and climate foster workplace inequalities and these inequalities are maintained by group pressure Hale 1999 p 13 Informal networks within the agency help to maintain inequality because women and minorities are traditional employed in lower status jobs and not allowed into the networks These jobs limit their access to powerful employees McGuire 2000 p 1 These informal networks tend to be personal voluntary and have their own boundaries You dont join the network because you want too you join because you are allowed too McGuire 2000 p 1 Organizations have always been geared to the white male and these habits are hard to break To accomplish goals of the agency all employees must work together Managers must build rapport with their employees and this is most easily accomplished by interacting with those who share the same background and who are most like them Maume 1999 p 4 White men working and networking with white men Many times the
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