Fort Lauderdale Gender Discrimination Attorneys Fight for Fairness in the Workplace
What is gender discrimination?
Gender discrimination is the unequal treatment of people based on their gender. Although gender discrimination is usually considered a woman’s problem, it can be just as harmful for men. Jobs traditionally held mainly by women are often denied to men based on social stigmas. Some jobs that fall into this category are listed below:
In what ways do employers discriminate based on gender?
There are many forms of gender discrimination. Generally, any decision made by an employer based solely on the employee’s gender can be considered gender discrimination. Aspects of a person’s career where gender discrimination can surface include the following:
- Position (women hitting the glass ceiling and being unable to advance in positions normally held by men)
- Job title and job description
- Pay rate, scale and how often an employee is paid or given raises
- Work hours required
- Vacation, sick leave and compensatory time
- Any terms and conditions that relate to an employee’s job
- Job offers withheld based on gender
What should I do?
If you have been or are being affected by gender discrimination, you may file a claim. When deciding what to do, remember that every situation is different. However, you should always report the discrimination you believe you are experiencing to your employer. You have the option to use your employer’s internal complaint system, file a grievance with your union, file a complaint with the appropriate federal or state agency or go to court.
You should also talk with a labor rights attorney to discuss your situation. We can help you understand your choices, their benefits and risks, and the strengths and weaknesses of your case.
If you think you have been the victim of gender discrimination, below are some things you should do to help solidify your claim:
- Write down what happened — Write it down when it happens, while the details are fresh in your mind. If possible, ask your coworkers to write down anything they witnessed.
- Start a paper trail — When you report the problem to supervisors, make sure to keep a paper copy of the complaint. This proves exactly when and to whom the complaint was given.
- Review your personnel file — It is your right to review your personal file. Look over everything you have signed to ensure that the discriminatory actions are not negated by anything previously signed by you.
- Involve your union — If you belong to a union, you may want to file an additional complaint.
- File a discrimination complaint with a government agency — If you want to file a lawsuit in federal or state court, you must first file a formal complaint of discrimination with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or your state’s fair employment agency. If you are a federal employee, follow federal guidelines on how to lodge a discrimination complaint.
- Do not miss a deadline to file — Don’t delay. If you feel your employer’s process for dealing with the discrimination may not help you, don’t wait to file a formal complaint.
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