Atlanta Sex/Gender Discrimination Attorney
Sex and gender discrimination is rampant in our society. In every field imaginable, women earn far less than men for doing the same work, often while having to persevere with crude jokes, hostile sexist attitudes, and sexual harassment. Thousands of workers and applicants get passed up for jobs or promotions every day simply because of their gender identity or sexual orientation. Any employment decision based on an applicant or employee’s real or perceived sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation is illegal. Atlanta sex/gender discrimination attorney Christine Forsythe at The Forsythe Law Firm, LLC will help you take on your employer for the damages they have caused you.
Sex and Gender Discrimination in the Workplace
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) handles workplace discrimination claims based on sex and gender, including gender identity and sexual orientation. Any negative employment act that is based on an employee or applicant’s real or perceived sex/gender is prohibited under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Examples of the employment decisions this law applies to include the following:
- Promotions and raises
- Job assignments
- Work location
- Employment reviews
- Any other employment decision
Sex and Gender Harassment
Sexual harassment is another form of discrimination, and is unfortunately one of the most common forms of workplace harassment. If your employer has allowed a hostile work environment to take root, they can be held accountable if your ability to function in your job duties has been compromised. Examples of harassment include:
- Unwelcome sexual advances
- Requests or demands for sexual favors
- Quid pro quo sexual harassment
- Verbal harassment, including slurs and offensive language
- Physical sexual harassment, including touching, groping, kissing, hugging, etc.
- Making offensive remarks about a person’s sex
- Making offensive remarks about a person’s gender identity
- Making offensive remarks about a person’s pregnancy
Sexual harassment in the workplace may also be considered a felony. Victims may have the option of pursuing criminal charges against the perpetrator in addition to filing a claim against their employer.
Damages in a Sex/Gender Discrimination Workplace Claim
Whether the individual perpetrator was a co-worker, supervisor, manager, business owner, or other party such as an independent contractor or customer, you can hold your employer accountable for discrimination, harassment, or creating a hostile work environment. Damages in a workplace discrimination claim or lawsuit include:
- Lost pay
- Lost opportunities
- Emotional distress
- Medical expenses including cost of counseling
- And more
Reach Out to an Atlanta Sex/Gender Discrimination Attorney Today
While our society has certainly come a long way since the 1950s, we still have a long way to go when it comes to equality in the workplace for women and people within the LGBTQ+ community. Sex and gender discrimination and harassment ruin careers and job opportunities for untold numbers of people every year. If your employer has engaged in discrimination or enabled harassment in the workplace by failing to stop it, we encourage you to call The Forsythe Law Firm, LLC at 404.476.2717 today to schedule a consultation with Atlanta sex/gender discrimination attorney Christine Forsythe. Similarly, if you have been accused of discrimination you need to speak with an attorney immediately.