FINE GAEL TD Mary Mitchell O’Connor has warned that women are routinely discriminated against in workplaces, and called for action to tackle the issue.
Writing for TheJournal.ie, Mitchell O’Connor cites an EU study showing that women in Ireland earn 17 per cent less than men.
They are also under-represented in senior positions – both on the boards of private companies and in the highest ranks of the civil service, she notes.
She suggested that women are sometimes paid less because they do not ask for more; and that they may be passed over for promotion during their 30s because of perceptions about childbirth. Mitchell O’Connor has proposed measures to tackle the issue, including more transparency on pay levels.
But what do you think? Is discrimination against women a problem in Irish workplaces?