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Job Discrimination Lawyer Atlanta GA Trusts Discusses Gender Discrimination in the Workplace

Posted by Kathy Harrington-Sullivan | Feb 05, 2016 | 0 Comments

Everyone should have the right to work in a fair and safe environment. If you have experienced workplace discrimination, you may want to contact a job discrimination lawyer at Barrett & Farahany, LLP. Our dedicated discrimination lawyers have over 15 years of experience fighting for fair work environments.

One of the most common forms of discrimination in the workplace is gender discrimination. Gender discrimination is when a company treats one of their employees differently, specifically because of their gender. The law applies gender discrimination to both men and women, however, women are predominately the victim in this form of discrimination. When an employee has experienced gender discrimination, they will most likely experience some of the following:

  • Low self-esteem
  • Frustration and anger
  • Isolation from their co-workers
  • Tension between the company and the victim
  • Decline in productivity

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

The Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is a federal law that was created to protect all employees. Title VII prohibits the discrimination of employees based on race, religion, sex, origin, or color.

Companies are not allowed to use gender as a basis for a decision on any of the following:

  • Compensation
  • Recruiting
  • Hiring and firing
  • Training programs
  • Accepting only one gender's job applications
  • Promotions, layoffs, or transfers
  • Disability leave
  • Retirement plan
  • Fringe benefits

Examples of Gender Discrimination

While many people believe that gender discrimination is always obvious when it occurs, there are more subtle types of discrimination. Here are some examples of gender discrimination:

  • Two managers, a male and a female, are hired for the same position. They have the same position, duties, and experience, however, the male manager is paid a higher salary than the woman manager.
  • A female tells her manager she is pregnant and then is laid off.
  • A female employee is reprimanded for not being able to put in overtime after having a baby, however, a male employee is not reprimanded for not putting in overtime for personal reasons.
  • An employee is not considered for a promotion because they identify as homosexual.
  • Male employees are able to add their wives to their health insurance, however, female employees are not able to add their husbands. This is because it is assumed their husbands have their own health insurance.

These types of discrimination are not easy to take to court, as there will most likely not be documented evidence of the gender discrimination. It is important that if you feel you have been discriminated against based on your gender, you should first go to Human Resources or management to have your complaint made in writing. Once you have made a complaint with the company, you may want to contact an Atlanta GA job discrimination lawyer.

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Having a job discrimination lawyer Atlanta GA clients recommend on your side who understands the intricacies of gender discrimination laws is important. You have the right to be treated fairly in the workplace regardless of your gender. If you have experienced gender discrimination, contact one of our discrimination lawyers to schedule a consultation. The professionals at Barrett & Farahany, LLP will work to collect the proper evidence to prove your discrimination in court.

About the Author

Kathy Harrington-Sullivan

Kathy Harrington Sullivan is a Partner at Barrett & Farahany who helps potential clients understand the law, clarify their rights, and determine which steps they can take to protect themselves and their jobs.


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