Gender / Sex Discrimination
Gender Discrimination Violates Your Employment Law Rights
If your employer has discriminated against you because of your sex or gender, your legal rights have been violated. Gender discrimination (also known as sex discrimination) can include pregnancy discrimination, discrimination based on negative stereotypes about women, and other forms of favoritism toward men (or women) based on their sex instead of their skills, experience, or qualifications for the job. Gender discrimination violates the law in New Jersey, New York State and New York City.
Unequal Pay for Women
Repeated studies have shown that companies routinely pay women less than their male counterparts for performing the same work. Not only is this totally unfair, but it also is illegal. Women with comparable skill, education, knowledge and experience are entitled to be paid comparably to men who perform the same jobs. Unfortunately, past and present discriminatory practices lead to women receiving unequal pay for the same work.
The Glass Ceiling
In some companies, most or all women are blocked from promotions above a certain level. For example, an employer might not allow women to reach Vice President or Director-level positions. This is often referred to as a “glass ceiling” because it is an invisible barrier that prevents women from rising to higher levels in the organization. Unfortunately, glass ceilings are a fairly common form of gender discrimination. The Nirenberg Law Firm is experienced at fighting back against employers that have created a glass ceiling for women.
Sexual harassment is when someone is harassed because of his or her gender. It does not necessarily have to be sexual to violate your rights as long as it is directed at you because of your gender. Sexual harassment is legally actionable if it is severe or occurs frequently enough that it would have a significant negative impact on a reasonable woman’s work environment. For more information, please visit our sexual harassment page.
Pregnancy Discrimination is a Form of Gender Discrimination
Pregnancy discrimination is another common form of gender discrimination. It occurs when an employer treats pregnant women worse than their non-pregnant coworkers based on biases, assumptions or stereotypes, rather than based on facts. More information is available on our pregnancy discrimination page.
Reverse Gender Discrimination: Discrimination Against Men
While typically women are the ones who experience sex discrimination at work, occasionally a company or a supervisor favors women over men. In New York State, New York City and New Jersey, reverse discrimination against men is illegal.
Contact Us Today
If you have been subjected to sex discrimination at your job, or if you would like to learn more about your legal rights, please contact us today. Our telephone number is (201) 487-2700 in New Jersey, and (212) 398-7100 in New York. We have the knowledge and experience to provide the legal representation you need, and the compassion and understanding to appreciate and understand how difficult it is to live through discrimination at work. We look forward to the opportunity to meet with you, and to help protect your legal rights.