I need advice: i have been working for this company for almost 3 years now.
March 5,2021 at 8:58AM UTC
I have a male boss and have started to notice he is underestimating my professional capabilities . I was asked to work on a very important project outside my department and he declined my opportunity helping the other team without (out of courtesy) to ask me first if i had the bandwidth to do so.
After mentioning this to my other female colleagues, they have also experienced similar situations. My boss has been managing the team 14 years now but has never promoted a female. 4 ladies left the team because they didn't get the opportunity to grow. Should i bring this to HR?. I feel if i don't speak up, he will continue to treat women unfairly and his behavior will not change.
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