chapter  8
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Gender and the Legal Context in Which Men and Women Work

This chapter examines how the legal system deals with, or fails to deal with, gender discrimination in the workplace. As noted in chapter 7, federal antidiscrimination laws are for the most part concerned with specific acts of individual employers and not with broad societal tendencies to treat men and women differently and thus often fail to address structural discrimination. However, these laws do offer potentially powerful protection to the rights of men and women who encounter different treatment or different workrelated outcomes because of their gender, and have opened a wider range of options for women in the workplace.