Gender Discrimination Lawyers in Fort WorthLast updated on: January 31, 2013
Gender discrimination, also known as sex-based discrimination, is the practice of prejudicial behavior that would not have occurred if the person had been of another sex. Many instances of discrimination are based on what some see as social norms or standards, but regardless of how they see it, gender discrimination is illegal in the United States.
Women Face More Discrimination
There are many areas of gender discrimination, including employment, education, housing and economically. Unfortunately, much of the discrimination practiced in the United States is directed at women. While women make up 46% of the total labor force, they make less than men in 99% of all occupations. They are also faced with increased gender discrimination when it comes to job offers, pay levels, promotions, or entering into certain fields.
Men are hired and promoted with far more frequency than women in the workforce and they are often paid more too. This paycheck disparity is big area of discrimination: women earn 77.5 cents for every dollar earned by men. While women comprise 46% of the labor force, 59% of those women earn $8 an hour or less. In addition, the average woman loses $434,000 over their working life as a result of this wage gap, and a woman with a college education will lose even more ($713,000 or more). Educated women not only suffer greater disparity in wages versus men, studies have shown that they also have to work longer to attain promotions.
Women are also more likely to encounter employment discrimination when looking for a job. Questions asked during interviews such as “Are you married?” or “Who will care for your children when they are sick?” are forms of gender discrimination.
Motherhood is another form of gender discrimination. The lack of formal federal maternity leave regulations mean women can suffer a loss of, or a decreased in, income when they leave work temporarily to have a child. They also risk losing their job or being placed in a different position upon their return. Additionally, there are a number of studies that show that there is also a motherhood penalty when it comes to wages and performance evaluations with motherhood being held against women.
In addition to employment discrimination, there are other areas of discrimination including education, housing and economically. Educational discrimination can mean the denial of a school loan or a scholarship based upon gender. Include the fact that women have been denied participation in sports based on their gender, and that money is allocated disproportionately to men over women in both college and high school sports, it is easy to identify the existence of discrimination in educational opportunities.
Housing is another area where gender discrimination is prevalent. Often, a contract or a lease will be denied based on sex, or based on the fact that the woman has a child. Additionally, the refusal to extend or refinance a mortgage is another form of discrimination. Economically, women are denied more loans and lines of credit, or are often quoted terms less favorable than those quoted to men.
At Zinda Law Group, we understand the difficulties that you or your loved ones may face as a result of gender discrimination. If you feel you have been discriminated against in the workplace, economically, in housing or through your educational institution, contact us today. We can help you to level the playing field. Call us today at (800) 863-5312 for a free, no fee consultation and let us help you.