Consign Gender Discrimination to History Where It Belongs
Although it is illegal in the U.S., employee discrimination based on gender is still rife.
DoNotPay is here to help when it comes to fighting gender discrimination at work.
How To Define Gender Discrimination
Gender discrimination in the workplace—significantly overlapping with sex discrimination—includes any behavior by management or co-workers that treats someone differently because of their sex or gender.
It can take various forms, but the most common are:
- Disadvantageous or different treatment based on sex
- Sexual harassment
Disadvantageous or Different Treatment Based on Sex
This practice means that employees are treated unjustly due to their sex or gender. Typical examples of this kind of discrimination are:
- Hiring men or women for certain positions
- Differences in pay between men and women
- Promotion practices that disadvantage women
- Pressure to base family planning on company requirements
Sexual harassment is considered discrimination and involves unwanted or unsolicited invasive behavior of a sexual nature. It can be overt or take more subtle forms, such as inappropriate jokes or comments.
What Is the Law on Gender Discrimination?
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 made sex discrimination illegal across the U.S.
Under this and other federal laws, a company cannot impose different standards on employees as a result of their sex. This law affects:
- Job descriptions and responsibilities
- Work hours
- Salary and benefits
- Standards of performance
- Leave allowances
- Dress codes
The Civil Rights Act is enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC), which has the right to investigate any company over 15 employees and initiate legal proceedings if there is enough evidence to prove discrimination.
Most states have also implemented legislation to address discrimination based on sex, but gender identification and LGBTQ+ rights are much less advanced—it is still legal to discriminate against employees in 26 states on the basis of their sexual orientation.
What Should I Do if I’m the Victim of Gender Discrimination?
If you feel discriminated against or harassed at work, you should first try to confront the issue and resolve it using your company’s procedures.
Here are the steps you should follow initially:
|Check your company discrimination policy||Your company’s policy on gender discrimination is an admission that it is not tolerated and is your first resource for stopping discriminatory behavior|
|Keep a diary||Record every incident of gender discrimination, including the date, approximate time, the name of the perpetrator, and any witnesses|
|Report any discrimination to HR or your supervisor||You should report any discrimination to your supervisor or the HR department as soon as it happens and insist on your report being written down and officially logged|
|Familiarize yourself with state discrimination laws||You can check on any local or state legislation that may add extra weight to your case against workplace discrimination based on your sex or gender. You may wish to talk to a discrimination lawyer to get advice|
In many cases, reporting the incident will put a halt to the discriminatory behavior. If it persists, though, you should escalate to the next level by filing a complaint of employment discrimination.
How Can I Escalate a Complaint Beyond My Company?
Your most powerful ally against discrimination based on gender is the EEOC, and you can get their help by lodging a complaint with them.
They will investigate your case and have the power to launch legal proceedings if they find your allegations are true.
If your complaint is upheld, you may be entitled to:
- Compensation for emotional pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
- Back or front pay
- Reimbursement of your legal fees and court costs
- Promotion or reinstatement if you have left the company due to discrimination
Can DoNotPay Make the Complaint Process Easier?
You can’t launch a lawsuit against a company for gender discrimination until you have filed a complaint—known as a charge of discrimination—with the EEOC.
DoNotPay is here to make lodging your complaint as easy as possible. All you have to do is follow these steps:
- Go to DoNotPay in your web browser and sign up
- Navigate to our Fight Workplace Discrimination feature
- Follow the prompts to give us the information we need
The rest is up to us. We will forward your complaint to the nearest EEOC office and make sure it is lodged.
What Other Kinds of Discrimination Should I Be Aware Of?
Employee discrimination can take many forms, all of which can be eradicated by strong action. Discrimination can take place based on:
Whatever form it takes, DoNotPay will help you eradicate discrimination in the workplace.
DoNotPay’s Other Resources for the Victims of Discrimination
Fighting discriminatory bosses and colleagues is not the only item on DoNotPay’s agenda. If your EEOC report doesn’t work out, explore the option of suing the perpetrator in small claims court with our help.
Those who experience full-blown hate crimes can use our platform to file for crime victims compensation or deal with insurance claims. Lost a job because of discrimination? Use DoNotPay to get help with bills, reduce your property taxes, or find any unclaimed assets in your name.
Use Our App To Right Other Wrongs
Injustice lurks around every corner, and DoNotPay won’t have any of it. That’s why we keep creating tools and services to help you fight back against all kinds of unfair treatment.
With our help, you’ll be able to:
- Fight parking tickets
- Put an end to stalking and harassment
- Get refunds you’re entitled to
- Secure compensation from airline companies
- Protect your work from copyright infringement
There’s more where this came from because the good fight doesn’t stop here.