Indirect discrimination in construction organizations and the impact on women's careers

Dainty, A and Lingard, H 2006, 'Indirect discrimination in construction organizations and the impact on women's careers', Journal of Management in Engineering, vol. 22, no. 3, pp. 108-118.


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Title Indirect discrimination in construction organizations and the impact on women's careers
Author(s) Dainty, A
Lingard, H
Year 2006
Journal name Journal of Management in Engineering
Volume number 22
Issue number 3
Start page 108
End page 118
Total pages 11
Publisher American Society of Civil Engineers
Abstract Over the last 20 years, equality legislation and positive action on diversity has increased awareness of the detrimental impact of sex discrimination and has begun to address harassment and inequality in many large organizations. While this may yield positive benefits for underrepresented groups working within the construction industry, it remains to be seen whether this legislative drive has overcome indirect forms of discrimination brought about by the ingrained culture and working practices of the sector. This paper explores the impact of indirect discrimination by systematically combining the results of two research projects which explored perspectives on women's careers in the industry. The first examined the ways in which women's careers were affected by the nature of working practices within the U.K. construction industry, while the second explored gendered perspectives on work-life balance within the context of the Australian construction sector. Taken in combination, the findings provide prima facie evidence of how construction companies disadvantage women's careers through their work practices and cultures. Based on this evidence, this paper develops a grounded proposition that the ingrained structures and work cultures of the sector, combined with women's restricted occupational choices, stymie attempts to create an equitable workplace environment. Suggestions are made as to how construction companies can encourage the structural and cultural shift necessary to overcome the corrosive effect of indirect discrimination on women's careers in the future.
Subject Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Keyword(s) workplace diversity
women
human factors
construction industry
discrimination
DOI - identifier 10.1061/(ASCE)0742-597X(2006)22:3(108
Copyright notice ©2006 ASCE
ISSN 0742-597X
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