Discrimination based on sex and gender identity continues to be a problem in the workplace and beyond. But you don’t have to tolerate unfair treatment or sexual harassment. Strong legal advocacy and knowledge are your most powerful tools for seeking justice. The Reddy Law Firm, PC provides a compassionate and understanding environment to help you through your most difficult legal challenges.
Many assume that gender discrimination is the same as sexual harassment. While the two are related, they are not necessarily synonymous. Gender-based discrimination often involves unequal treatment with respect to:
Any type of unfair treatment or prejudice based on one’s gender is considered gender discrimination. Gender discrimination can result from a prejudice against one’s gender identity, sex or sexual orientation. For example, many women are paid less money than their male counterparts in the same position. Also, one gender may receive more favorable job assignments or accounts and may be more likely to obtain promotions or opportunities for advancement. Women can also face employment discrimination after becoming pregnant because of the need to take extended time off. The LGBTQ community is also heavily affected by discrimination in the workplace, though steps in the right direction are being taken. On June 15th, 2020, the Supreme Court ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibited discrimination on the basis of sex, also applies to sexual orientation and gender identity.
Workplace discrimination laws play an important role in fighting gender discrimination and stereotypes. The Equal Pay Act of 1963 is a federal law designed to eliminate wage disparities and help men and women achieve equal pay for equal work. Jobs requiring equal skill, effort and responsibility, with similar working conditions, must result in equal wages for both men and women performing the work. Employers are held strictly liable if an employee can prove these elements. And the law does not require evidence of an employer’s intent to discriminate. Since this law was enacted in 1963, the wage gap between men and women has decreased. However, a measurable disparity still exists today. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was signed into law in 2009, eliminating the statute of limitations previously governing unequal pay cases.
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