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What does the law say about gender discrimination?
The sex discrimination laws have also been amended several times to include wider powers like pregnancy discrimination.
It is illegal for any employer to discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, or gender identity, including transgender status, or because of sexual orientation.
This applies in any of the following employment situations:
- Hiring, and firing employees
- Awarding pay
- Making job assignments
- Deciding on promotions and demotions
- Laying off employees
- Training employees
- Fringe benefits
- Other terms or conditions of employment
The state and federal laws protect both women and men equally, as well as transgender status.
Note also that your employer does not have to be of a different sex to discriminate. A woman discriminating against another woman on the basis of her gender is still breaking the law.
Examples of sex discrimination
The sex discrimination laws protect you against the following types of actions by an employer:
- Refusing to interview or hire people because of their gender (or transgender status)
- Asking inappropriate questions at an interview (e.g. about sexual orientation)
- Refusing to promote an employee because of their gender
- Failing to give equal job assignments to employees of all gender statuses
- Providing lower compensation (wages, salaries, benefits) for a female employee than for a male employee
- Failing to provide training opportunities to males that are offered to females
- Disciplining an employee of one gender more harshly than others
It is worth noting that sex discrimination can be intentional or unintentional. If an employer introduces a practice that is designed to be fair and “neutral” but results in an adverse effect on one gender, it may be viewed as sexual discrimination.
Sex discrimination in the workplace can also lead to sexual harassment. It can be verbal or physical abuse and you are protected against it separately in federal and state law.
Have you suffered at work because of sex discrimination?
Sex discrimination can be obvious in some cases.
A male employee might receive a higher salary than a female employee with the same job title, doing exactly the same job with the same daily tasks.
However, sex discrimination can also take subtler forms, such as:
- Job advertisements that portray sexual stereotypes
- A question asked during the interview process
- Overheard comments by a supervisor or coworker
- Being passed over for promotion repeatedly without good reason
- Being treated differently after your supervisor finds out that you are a member of a particular organization
Such discrimination is, unfortunately, still very common.
The results can be damaging for individuals, leading to:
- Restricted career opportunities
- A lower income or financial difficulties
- Health problems, including stress and mental health issues
Gender discrimination is often unreported out of fear of losing one’s job. However, the law protects you here too. It is against the law for an employer to retaliate against you if you make a complaint or file a claim with the EEOC.
It is important to seek the right legal advice if you feel that you have been discriminated against.
Discriminated against because of gender? What can you do?
Do you feel that you have been discriminated against in the workplace because of gender?
If so, you may be able to take legal action that requires your employer to:
- Take action to restore you to the same position you would have been in if the discrimination had not taken place
- Pay damages to compensate you for back pay, benefits, emotional distress, suffering, and so on
- Prevent future acts of discrimination
As an experienced employment discrimination attorney, I can help assess your case for sex discrimination.
If pursuing legal action is the right option, I will help you take the necessary steps to build your case.
From here, we need to:
- Assess your claim. Start by booking a free phone consultation below.
- Decide whether to pursue a complaint after our consultation.
- File a complaint or lawsuit with a local or federal agency, or state or federal court.
- Prepare the paperwork so that we can draft the complaint or lawsuit.
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