In this day and age, it’s hard to believe this type of discrimination still occurs. But it does. It is unlawful for an employer to discriminate against a worker on the basis of sex or gender. Many think gender discrimination only applies to women, but male employees have experienced this type of discrimination as well.
The Federal Laws that protect you
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is a government agency that oversees and enforces the following laws that protect you from gender discrimination.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act is the main law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. It also covers numerous other protected categories such as race and disability.
The Equal Pay Act, which is part of the Fair Labor Standards Act, requires that men and women be given equal pay for equal work in the same establishment.
The Pregnancy Discrimination Act, which is an amendment to Title VII, protects pregnant workers from being discriminated against on the basis of their pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions. To learn more about pregnancy discrimination, click here. (Link to Pregnancy Discrimination page)
Before going to court, you must file a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is a government agency that oversees and enforces the laws mentioned above. If you feel you’re a victim of gender discrimination, and you want to pursue protection under federal law, you would first have to file an official complaint. To do that, you would file a charge with the EEOC. The EEOC would then investigate your claim of gender discrimination. If the EEOC decides not to proceed with your case, it would issue a right to sue notice, which gives you the right to file a sex discrimination lawsuit.
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