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Gender Discrimination

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Gender Discrimination Details

Federal law prohibits employers from discriminating against employees because of sex. In addition, nearly every state has laws that protect employees from sex discrimination.

These laws prohibit discrimination in hiring, firing, tenure, promotion, pay, conditions, facilities, and privileges of employment. Employers are forbidden from discriminating using “disparate treatment,”that is, treating members of one sex differently than members of the other sex in the terms of employment. A more subtle type of sex discrimination is called “disparate impact.” This occurs when an employer’s seemingly-neutral policy affects members of one sex more negatively than it affects the members of the other. This, too, is illegal.

Pregnancy discrimination and sexual harassment are also forms of sex discrimination.

Examples of Potential Gender Discrimination

  • Your employer provides you lower pay or benefits than your co-workers of the opposite sex even though you perform the same job under similar working conditions.
  • Your manager regularly makes sexually suggestive comments to you, making you uncomfortable or fearful for your safety or your career.
  • Your employer fires or demotes you even though you perform your job better than co-workers of the opposite sex who were not fired or demoted.
  • Employees of the opposite sex receive promotions more frequently, and have more opportunities to develop their careers, than employees of your sex.
  • Your employer or an employer to whom you applied for a job prefers to hire only members of the opposite sex for the particular job.
  • Your employer treats you negatively related to your pregnancy or because you took time off for the birth of a child.

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