Sexual Stereotype And Gender Role Discrimination
“You’re too swishy.” “You’re too assertive.” “We can’t have you dressing like that in here.” “Be a man.” “Be a woman.”
You are who you are. What it means to be a man or a woman is not your employer’s choice, or your school’s choice. It’s not anyone’s decision but yours. Who you are in your gender – in your skin – is deeply personal, rarely a matter of true choice, and is, at least in New Jersey, a cherished civil right.
Under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, it is illegal to discriminate in the terms and conditions of employment, or in schools, on the basis of sexual stereotypes or the “proper” role of a particular gender. How you look, speak and act is who you are, and as long as you follow the same rules at work or in school as everyone else, you have the right to be free of discrimination.
There is no employment or civil rights law firm in New Jersey more committed to challenging gender role and gender stereotype discrimination than Costello & Mains. We’ve filed actions on behalf of individual students and workers, and mass actions against casinos and other large employers who practice or permit this type of discrimination. We’re breaking ground in this developing area of the law.