Ways Gender Discrimination Affects Women In The Workplace

It’s against the law to discriminate against employees on the basis of sex. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlaws employment discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, and national origin. However, many cases of discrimination against women still occur in Florida and across the country. There are several ways in which gender discrimination affects women in the workplace, including:

Disparate Treatment

Disparate treatment based on gender occurs when employees are treated unfairly due to their sex. This may occur in the process of hiring or firing employees, in determining employees’ payments, or in giving promotions or benefits. 

Examples of disparate treatment based on sex include:

  • Passing over a female application in favor of equally-qualified male candidates solely because of her sex
  • Firing a female employee on the basis of gender
  • Granting a female employee less paid sick leave than male employees
  • Denying female employees benefits that are granted to male employees

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment in the workplace is a type of sex discrimination involving unwelcome sexual behavior that affects work performance, fosters a hostile work environment, or impacts a person’s employment. Any conduct in the workplace that impacts an employee’s ability to work or succeed is 

Examples of sexual harassment include:

  • Making sexual gestures or comments
  • Inappropriate touching, including purposefully brushing against a person in the workplace
  • Sending sexual images, letters, emails, notes, or videos, such as pornography
  • Asking questions about someone’s sexual orientation or sexual history
  • Sharing sexual anecdotes or jokes

The experienced attorneys at Weldon & Rothman, PL, offer representation for victims of gender discrimination in the workplace. We have a firm commitment to employee rights and will expertly respond to cases of sexual harassment and disparate treatment based on sex in the workplace. If you’re a victim of gender discrimination at work, contact us today to schedule a consultation.