Types of Gender Discrimination in the Workplace

Posted on August 8, 2012 at 2:06pm by

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) says that gender discrimination “involves treating someone (an applicant or employee) unfavorably because of that person’s sex.” Earlier this week, we wrote about a woman who sued Chick-Fil-A after the manager let her go, saying that she should be a stay-at-home mom instead.

There are many other types of gender discrimination. For example:

  • Retaliation. Ellen Pao is embroiled in such a suit right now, alleging that her supervisor at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers began excluding her from meetings and crucial emails after she rebuffed his sexual advances. See also the lawsuit filed by Kelley Hardwicke, former security director for Women’s Olympic Basketball Team, who says she lost her job after she turned down a sexual advance from a superior.
  • Wage inequality. Hundreds of female employees from Walmart have been fighting the chain in a lawsuit that dates back to 2000, making it the biggest class action employment lawsuit of America’s history. An independent study agrees with the women, saying that there is a large gap between male and female pay rates at the company.
  • Disparate treatment: This occurs when female employees are treated differently than male employees. The Chick-Fil-A case applies here, along with asking women about their children or marital status during the interview process. Another example of disparate treatment is if an employer lays off several women, choosing to keep men on staff since men are often considered to be “breadwinners” for the family.

If your boss treated you differently from your coworkers and you believe your gender played a role in this discrimination, we want to hear from you. We offer free consultations to go over your case and discuss your story. Call us today: (305) 379-0305.

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