Dealing With Gender Discrimination in The Workplace in Orlando, Florida
In today’s day and age, discrimination in the workplace should not be something we have to deal with, especially gender discrimination. Unfortunately, sex discrimination occurs more often than we would like to think, both blatantly and discreetly. In obvious instances of sex discrimination, a woman may be denied a promotion simply because she is a woman and thought to be “incapable,” or, a man may be denied time off to care for his sick kids because “men do not do that.” In a less obvious instance, a woman may be denied a position because the employer is concerned that she will not be able to live up to the company’s standards with three children to care for at home.
Whether blatant or discreet, sex discrimination in the workforce can be difficult to prove, especially if the employer does not come outright and state that a person’s gender has anything to do with their unfair treatment toward that person. However, if you feel like you were treated unfairly in any way because of your gender, both state and federal laws protect you. Furthermore, you have every right to file a sex discrimination claim against the offending employer or entity.
Laws that Protect You From Sex Discrimination
There are several state and federal laws that were created with the sole purpose of protecting both men and women from gender discrimination in the workplace. Those laws include:
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which specifically prohibits discrimination against an employee because of that employee’s race, color, religion, national origin, and sex;
- The Pregnancy Discrimination Act, which protects women from being discriminated against because of pregnancy, childbirth, or any medical condition directly related to pregnancy or childbirth;
- The Equal Pay Act of 1963, which was designed to ensure that women receive the same pay as their male counterparts for performing the same or similar type of work for the same employer;
- Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, which makes it illegal to discriminate against a qualified individual with a disability;
- The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, which was enacted to prohibit discrimination based on an applicant’s or employee’s genetic information;
- Florida Statute 760.10, which makes it unlawful for any employer to discriminate against an individual because of the individual’s race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, age, handicap, or marital status; and
- The Florida Civil Rights Act of 1992, which was designed to prohibit any form of discrimination in employment.
Legal Remedies for Sex Discrimination in Orlando
At The Baez Law Firm, our civil rights lawyers can protect you in the event that you were unfairly treated due to your gender. To be sure, you will need to provide evidence of the discrimination. This can come in the form of direct evidence or circumstantial evidence. Direct evidence would be ideal, as direct evidence includes a written statement or witness testimony to a verbal statement made by the employer that indicates that your protected status had a direct impact on the employer’s treatment. However, most employers know better than to directly admit that a person’s protected status is the reason for their unfair treatment. If this is the case, circumstantial evidence may suffice. Circumstantial evidence can include:
- Observations of different treatment between yourself and other employees of a non- or different protected status, who are of the same position or status as yourself, and who have the same qualifications, within the company;
- Rude or derogatory remarks made by your superiors about individuals of your protected status;
- A history of prior discriminatory practices or complaints against the company;
- A lack of employees with your protected status within the workplace; and
- Jobs are being given to people with fewer qualifications but who are within a different class status than yourself.
Consult an Orlando Civil Rights Lawyer
At The Baez Law Firm, our Orlando civil rights lawyers will fight on your behalf to ensure that your rights within the workplace are protected and restored. To schedule a free consultation with an lawyer today, call 800-588-BAEZ now.