The movement toward equal rights for both men and women is making great strides. Despite recent victories, many women still experience discrimination in the workplace based on their gender.
It's important that you are able to recognize the signs of workplace gender discrimination so that you can take legal action to demand the respect and access to certain rights that you deserve. Staying quiet allows discrimination to continue. Use these tips as a guide to determine if you should stand up and speak out about gender discrimination in your workplace.
Terms and Conditions
In order to legally be classified as gender discrimination, action taken by your employer must violate the terms and conditions of your job. The court typically classifies these terms and conditions as the responsibilities, rules, and benefits associated with a given job.
Take the time to read through any employee handbooks or other documents given to you by your employer. Be familiar with the terms and conditions of your employment so that you will be better able to recognize when these terms and conditions have been violated.
Promotions and Pay
A significant number of gender discrimination cases are based on unequal pay or a lack of promotions. Being passed over for a promotion or given less money for completing the same job duties as a man can be classified as gender discrimination.
You will need to be able to prove that your lack of promotion isn't based on performance deficiencies. If your claim is based on unequal pay, you will need to determine if your credentials, training, and experience are comparable to individuals making more within your workplace.
Your attorney can help you gain access to this information so that you can mount a discrimination case against your employer if being female is the only thing holding you back from added success at work.
Evaluations and Discipline
Some employers practice gender discrimination in the form of unequal evaluations and discipline. If you have been written up or reprimanded in any way for engaging in behaviors that members of the opposite sex carry out without reproach, then you are likely the victim of gender discrimination.
You will need to carefully evaluate disciplinary actions with your attorney to determine if they can substantiate a discrimination case. You should also take note of any harsh or overly critical evaluations that penalize you for not adhering to traditional gender traits.
For example, you may be criticized for being too aggressive while a man doing the same things you do is praised for being a leader.
To learn more about gender discrimination law, contact a lawyer.
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