Gender Discrimination

Gender Discrimination in Carrollton

While gender discrimination is defined as discrimination that is based on gender, it is often directed at women more often than men. Gender discrimination still occurs with regularity in the workplace and often results in employees being treated differently due to their gender. Gender discrimination can also affect the terms and conditions of employment and may include sexist attitudes, conditions, or behaviors that encourage stereotypical social roles based upon gender.

Prohibition of Gender Discrimination

In 1963 the U.S. Congress passed three Federal laws prohibiting gender discrimination in employment. These federal laws prohibit discrimination in the terms or conditions of employment including hiring, firing, job assignments, wages, benefits, promotions or layoffs and are called the Equal Pay Act; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act; and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. Listed below are each law and the type of discrimination that is prohibited.

  • The Equal Pay Act of 1963 was offered as an amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act that was enacted in 1938. This act prohibits the payment of unequal wages to men and women who perform essentially the same job.
  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination in any aspect of employment based upon gender, race, religion or national origin. It also prohibits employers from making employment decisions that are based upon stereotypical assumptions related to gender.
  • The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 amended Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. It prohibits discrimination against either parent based on pregnancy, childbirth or any other medically related condition of pregnancy.

Workplace Discrimination

While these federal laws have been in effect for many decades, there are still many problems with discrimination in the workplace based n gender. Discrimination in pay continues in the workplace despite laws that prohibit it. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) annually surveys wage discrimination and the BLS reports that women who work 41-44 hours per week earn less than men who work similar hours. Women earn 84.6% of the pay that men earn when working similar hours. As women work longer hours the pay disparity widens. Women who work more than 60 hours per week earn just 78.3% of the pay that men earn working similar hours. Clearly discrimination is alive and well in the U.S. workplace.

In addition to pay, gender discrimination continues to be problematic for both males and females when stereotypical social roles are enforced. Supervisors often pass over women in male dominated occupations such as the gas, oil, engineering and finance occupations. Conversely, men are on the receiving end of such stereotypical treatment in occupations dominated by women such as nursing, teaching, child care and administrative support.

You Can Protect Your Rights

If you think you have been discriminated against due to your gender, you can file a claim for compensation. While federal laws were enacted to counter gender discrimination in the workplace, the laws also allow for recovery of damages to compensate for the discrimination including back wages, lost benefits, attorney’s fees and costs.

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