Jacksonville Gender Discrimination Lawyer
Gender discrimination in the workplace is expressly prohibited pursuant to federal and state law. It should not be accepted as simply being part of the business world. Unfair treatment based on gender is a common form of discrimination and may give rise to legal action against an employer. Sexual harassment and pregnancy discrimination are two forms of gender discrimination. Women are often the primary targets of gender discrimination within the workplace. As a result, women continue to encounter the glass ceiling at various times during their careers. Talk with the Jacksonville employment attorney from the Law Office of Shands M. Wulbern, P.A. if you are at a disadvantage because of gender discrimination.
Protecting Workers' Rights
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Florida Civil Rights Act prohibit disparate treatment against employees because of gender. As a result, both men and women can be victims of gender discrimination. Adverse actions in which one sex is treated more favorably than another may include:
- Discharge from employment
- Decreased wages / benefits
- Denied promotion
- Denied advancement opportunities
- Refusal to hire
In general, actions that materially and detrimentally affect the employee's job because of his or her sex can be considered gender discrimination. Disparities in pay may also constitute a separate violation of the Equal Pay Act (EPA), which prohibits employers from paying employees of one sex less than employees of the opposite sex for performing equal work. Equal work under the EPA does not need to be identical but rather substantially equal based on skill, effort and responsibility when performed under similar working conditions.
Laws Against Retaliation
All forms of gender discrimination laws also prohibit unlawful retaliation. Accordingly, an employee who lodges a good faith and reasonable complaint of gender discrimination, sex harassment, pregnancy discrimination, or equal pay violation is protected from being retaliated against under Title VII, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the Equal Pay Act. Even still, some employers will retaliate. In such cases, employees should be fully aware of their rights and the best ways to protect their interests.
Claims of gender discrimination and retaliation also have strict time limitations and procedures for filing claims and proceeding with potential lawsuits. If you believe you have been treated unfairly on the job because of your gender, do not hesitate to contact the Law Office of Shands M. Wulbern, P.A. By contacting us, you will be given the opportunity to discuss your case with a Jacksonville gender discrimination lawyer and obtain a thorough legal analysis and opinion of the best strategy for moving forward with your situation.