Gender discrimination and sexual harassment are illegal under federal, state, and city statutes. While many strides have been made to make the workplace a fair and equal environment for all, many instances of gender discrimination and sexual harassment still exist.
Gender discrimination includes matters relating to hiring, firing, job tasks, responsibilities, promotions and more. An employer stereotyping gender roles in making employment decisions, or acting based on perceived notions of abilities based on gender are illegal. Federal Law prohibits discrimination against individuals based on their gender in almost all employment decisions.
Sexual harassment includes two subcatagories: quid pro quo and hostile environment sexual harassment. Quid pro quo sexual harassment occurs when a supervisor either offers you a benefit in exchange for a sexual favor or threatens to take adverse action against you if you refuse to provide a sexual favor. Hostile environment sexual harassment occurs when sexual misconduct in the work place amounts to an offensive working environment. For example, if your supervisor makes or allows your co-workers to use demeaning language based on sex, you may work in a hostile work environment.Gender Discrimination Law
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) is in part designed to protect employees from being discriminated against on the basis of gender by their employer
Like other provisions of Title VII, the law also makes it illegal to retaliate against any worker who opposes these illegal employment practices, be it by written complaint or filing charges against the employer.
New York State and New York City Human Rights law have corresponding statutes to Title VII.
In addition, the Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA) requires that individuals working in a particular location receive equal pay for equal work, regardless of their gender. The jobs do not necessarily have to be identical but be similar in scope and scale. The EPA has helped to close the vast pay divide in the work force, where companies paid women less money for the same jobs.
The Harman Firm, LLP offers aggressive and resourceful representation when it comes to negotiating, preparing and litigating employment contracts and severance agreements, especially in the New York metropolitan area’s public relations, technology, and marketing communities. If you believe you are a victim of gender discrimination and are considering a lawsuit, contact The Harman Firm, Attorneys and Counselors at Law. As an experienced team of employment lawyers and New York City litigators, The Harman Firm, LLP offers supportive counsel to victims of gender discrimination.