According to a survey of female physicians conducted by Merritt Hawkins, 74% said that their male colleagues made more than they did. They believe this to be true even after accounting for the number of hours worked and a given medical professional’s area of expertise. According to 76% of respondents, unconscious discrimination on the part of their employers is to blame. Of those who said that they earned less than their male colleagues, most said that they had a lower base salary.
They also said that any performance bonuses they received were smaller than those awarded to male employees. It is not uncommon for women to receive less than market value for their services when they begin their careers. This may result in lower salaries throughout their working lives, and it could ultimately cost female doctors a significant amount of money over many years or decades.
The Merritt Hawkins survey revealed that a lack of negotiating skills could explain why women make less than men. Respondents also acknowledged that women are often seen as demanding or difficult if they try to negotiate a salary that is closer to their true market value. The gender wage gap in the medical field exists despite the fact that a larger number of women than men are currently enrolled in American medical schools.
Individuals who feel as if they have experienced gender discrimination at work may be entitled to various forms of relief. For instance, it may be possible to pursue back pay or other compensation through a lawsuit. In addition to financial damages, employers might be required to make changes to pay or hiring policies. An employment law attorney may be able to use pay records, manager statements or other evidence to show that an employer violated the law.