Gender Discrimination

It is a violation of law to discriminate against someone because of their gender or gender identity, whether they identify as being a woman, man or transgender. These laws pertain to all aspects of job searches including advertisement, interviewing, hiring, training, salary, promotions, raises, benefits, job assignment, and firing. If you feel you have been discrimination against, as an employee or as a job applicant, you have the right to file a complaint or a lawsuit. With gender discrimination a person is treated unfairly with regards to all employment opportunities.

Other illegal behaviors include sex discrimination and harassment in the workplace.  Sexual harassment is a form of gender discrimination. In sexual harassment matters, an individual receives unwanted sexual advances or requests for sexual favors. These requests can be a condition of employment or promotion. Sexual harassment also includes lewd or offensive comments about a person’s gender, inappropriate touching such as hugs or kisses, or displays of sexually objectionable material. The harasser can be a co-worker, a supervisor, or a client. You can be sexually harassed by someone of the same gender or the opposite gender. Any frequent verbal or physical behavior that makes you uncomfortable and interferes with your ability to do your job is considered harassment.

Gender discrimination is prohibited by federal law to ensure that all employees have a safe working environment in which company policies are fair and provide equal opportunities to people regardless of gender. For example, a company cannot have different work conditions for male and female employees, or segregate employees by gender. Companies have a responsibility to remedy any sexual harassment or discrimination claims and cannot retaliate against any employee making such a claim or create an intimidating or hostile work environment to discourage such claims.

Gender or sex-based discrimination is pervasive in the United States and around the world. Originally termed sex discrimination, there are federal and state laws in place to protect girls and women from unfavorable treatment in the workplace based solely on gender or sex. However, the definitions have expanded and now laws recognize that men can be victims of gender discrimination, as can transgender people.

If you feel you are the victim of sex or gender discrimination, you have rights. You should talk to a lawyer that can help you with your employment law matter. For more information about your rights in the workplace, contact Yarian & Associates today for a free consultation.

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