Gender Discrimination in the Workplace

Indicator Description

  • A. Definition

    Gender discrimination related to work in the workplace

  • B. How to measure

    The number and percentage of respondents who answered ‘Yes / No’ to the question, “Have you experienced any of the following types of discrimination in relation to work during the past 12 months?”

  • C. Features and Sources

    Category Sub-Category Sub-Subcategory Type of Indicator Reference Data Sources First year data available Periodicity
    Rights to Equality Discrimination Factors Gender Subjective/Result Statistics of Korea Work Environment Survey 2014 Irregular
  • D. Interpretation

    Discriminatory practices against women in business due to Korean society’s patriarchal attitudes are important issues related to human rights management. In the field, women are subject to discrimination and human rights violations not only for their gender but because they more often have the status of non-regular workers compared to men. However, some argue that males are also suffering from gender-based discrimination such as a feeling of excessive responsibility due to patriarchal social attitudes. Henceforth, it is crucial to identify gender discrimination experiences for both genders and to try and prevent injustice.
    Indicators show that the percentage of women who have experienced gender discrimination in the past year is 2.6%, which is about three times that of men. This indicates that women are more likely to experience gender discrimination in the workplace. In the actual working environment, there is a high probability that even if there are gender discrimination factors, they are not recognized or, if recognized, cannot be changed. Therefore, it is necessary to identify factors leading to gender discrimination at the workplace in advance and eliminate them.

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