Understanding sex discrimination in the workplace is more important than ever these days, both to ensure that you do not commit it and also to know when you should stand up for your rights and for the rights of countless others. Sex discrimination goes well beyond harassment, although that is an important part of it. If you are unsure if some form of sex discrimination is happening in your workplace, you should not hesitate to consult with an experienced attorney who can help you navigate this difficult area of the law.
Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, an employer may not treat members of different sexes differently simply because of their sex. This may entail hiring, firing or failing to hire or fire individuals based on their sex. It also states that it is illegal to offer unequal advantages or benefits to one sex over the other. While it may seem obvious because of the increase in focus on the issue in recent years, an employer may not pay men and women unequally for the same work.
The law also protects against inappropriate behavior from colleagues, not just employers. If you are experiencing inappropriate workplace behavior based on your sex in the workplace, or if a colleague or superior makes lewd remarks or touches you inappropriately, you should consult with an attorney immediately.
When you stand up to sex discrimination in the workplace, you’re standing up for many more individuals than yourself. This, among other reasons, is why it is so important for you to take strong legal action against such behavior — you’re fighting for justice on a much broader stage than just your own experience and your own workplace. With the guidance of a passionate, experienced attorney, you can defend your rights and seek fair treatment in the workplace for yourself and for countless others.
Source: FindLaw, “Sex / Gender Discrimination: Overview,” accessed April 25, 2017