Under both federal and state law, it is illegal for an employer to treat employees or applicants inequitably due to their gender or sex. Although these laws are in place to protect people of any gender, women are the most common targets of gender discrimination in the workplace.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 applies to employers in the private sector, state and local governments, and educational institutions. Furthermore, the law protects individuals from both gender discrimination and harassment. In addition, Florida employees are further protected by the Florida Civil Human Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination based on "race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap, or marital status."
Protections against discrimination extend to many aspects of the workplace, including:
- Job classification
- Job assignments
If you have been discriminated against in a situation involving any term or condition of employment, you may have a case for a gender discrimination lawsuit. For example, if you apply for a promotion and discover you were passed over for an employee of a different gender with less experience or training than you, this action may qualify as a discriminatory business practice.
Any actions that create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment can be considered gender discrimination.
You are also protected against sexual harassment in the workplace. Harassment can take many forms, such unwelcome advances and requests for sexual favors. Any actions that create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment can be considered gender discrimination.
Why Hire an Attorney
Pursuing a gender discrimination case can seem intimidating, especially when it is against a large company with teams of attorneys to protect them against lawsuits. However, with a qualified employment discrimination lawyer, you can substantially improve your chances for a successful outcome. At Chanfrau & Chanfrau, we have helped clients collect millions from large companies. We may be able to help you recover remedies such as:
- Front pay
- Back pay
- Compensatory damages for emotional pain and suffering
- Punitive damages to punish the employer
Our team will work tirelessly to pursue the maximum compensation possible to restore you to the condition you would have been in if the discrimination had not occurred. In some cases, a legal win can even trigger meaningful change in your workplace for others facing similar discrimination.
Schedule a Free Case Evaluation
If you believe you have been treated unfairly due to your sex or gender, you have options for legal recourse. Schedule a free initial consultation with our team of professionals by calling our Daytona office at (866) 610-0653 or our Palm Coast office at (386) 439-7760 or contacting our office online.