Gender Discrimination Lawyers in Round Rock
Gender discrimination happens in the workplace when an employee is treated differently because of his or her gender. Whenever gender discrimination affects the terms and conditions of employment, it is against the law. The Equal Pay Act of 1963 and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 were enacted to protect women and other minorities from this type of discrimination. These laws forbid discrimination areas of employment including hiring, firing, layoffs, pay, job assignments, promotions, training, benefits, and any other terms or conditions of employment. Despite these laws, there are still many problems with gender-based discrimination in the United States.
There are two kinds of gender discrimination in the workplace: disparate treatment and disparate impact.
- Disparate Treatment is a form of direct discrimination that involves treating an employee differently because of their gender.
- Disparate Impact – occurs when company policy excludes certain people from jobs or promotions. Even if the policy was not designed to exclude certain classes of people, it is still discriminatory if the result is found to be unfair.
Gender Discrimination in the Workplace
The gender gap is still alive and well in the workplace. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, women working 41 to 44 hours per week earn 84.6% of what men do working similar hours. And when women works longer hours, the pay inequality gets worse; women working more than 60 hours per week earn only 78.3% of what men earn working similar hours.
Gender discrimination impacts not only the minority that is being discriminated against; it can also have an overall negative affect on the entire workforce. Discrimination often results in lost motivation and lowered morale, thus reducing the effectiveness of the workforce. Unfortunately, this type of discrimination is alive and well in the U.S. and is a problem for both males and females. Supervisors may pass over qualified males for promotions in industries that employ high percentages of women compared to men, such as teaching positions or industries involving the care of children. Or they can pass over women in areas such as the oil and gas industry which is traditionally male-dominated.
Protecting Your Rights
On average, men make more money in the workplace than women do even when they perform the same work. And even though this type of discrimination is prohibited by the Equal Pay Act of 1963, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Texas Labor Code, it still exists in the U.S. The law affords equal employment in the following areas:
- Pay or Benefits
- Hiring and Firing
- Advancement Opportunities
- Maternity and Paternity Leave
- Sexual Harassment and Offensive Language
- Long-term Disability Benefits
Zinda Law Group Can Help You Protect Your Rights
If you feel you have been discriminated against because of your gender, you may file a discrimination lawsuit. The law allows recovery of back wages, benefits and damages. It also allows the recovery of attorneys’ fees and court costs. If you feel you have been discriminated against, the attorneys at Zinda Law Group can help you balance the scales and get the compensation that you deserve. Call us today to speak with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys about your case. (800) 863-5312