Over the course of history, gender equality has consistently been an issue in countries all over the world. In the United States – a country founded on equality and freedom – it is no different. Even in the progressive 21st century, gender discrimination can be seen throughout society.
WHAT IS GENDER DISCRIMINATION IN THE WORKPLACE?
In the workplace, gender discrimination can be especially pervasive. Whether it is denying an individual a job or right based on his or her gender, improperly treating an employee or applicant based on sexual stereotypes, or making unwelcome sexual advances or offensive remarks, gender discrimination is sadly quite present at work. For gender discrimination to be considered illegal, it must involve different treatment that negatively affects an individual’s employment terms and conditions. This includes hiring, firing, scheduling, job location, pay rate, and training and advancement opportunities. Under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), it is illegal for employers to discriminate on the basis of gender (including pregnancy and childbirth).
EXAMPLES OF GENDER DISCRIMINATION IN THE WORKPLACE
There are dozens of different situations in which you could be discriminated against because of your sex. The following examples may help provide some clarity on specific situations. For additional questions regarding circumstances not mentioned, contact an attorney for consultation.
- Hiring. As a woman, you apply for a job in ticket sales with a professional sports team. According to requirements, you possess all qualifications necessary to be hired. Because the organization consists of primarily men, however, you are denied the job so as not to alter the chemistry of the workplace.
- Firing. You are fired from your job because of ‘apparent’ company setbacks. However, you learn that members of the opposite gender (with less seniority and qualifications) are all retained.
- Promotion. You have worked as a sales person for a company for 15 years, but are constantly passed over by less experienced employees of the opposite gender.
If you believe you are a victim of gender discrimination in the workplace, it is important to take legal action as soon as possible. You could be awarded significant compensation for your mistreatment and neglect.
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