Discrimination in employment is a terrible thing for any employee to face. Many who are discriminated against on the job not only deal with the trauma that comes with the immediate experience and backlash, they also face challenges in trying to stop it from continuing. Some employers instill strict policies that call for zero tolerance of such behaviors at work. In these cases, once such bad actions are reported, proper measures are put in place to ensure that they do not happen again. However, there are cases where reporting these matters proves ineffective because of the attitudes of those in charge or lack of policies to handle these types of issues effectively.
Sex-based discrimination is one of the most prevalent types seen in discrimination cases reported to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. It occurs when someone is treated unfavorably because of their gender.
Source: EEOC “Sex Discrimination & Employment Policies/Practices”
An employment policy or practice that applies to everyone, regardless of sex, can be illegal if it has a negative impact on the employment of people of a certain sex and is not job-related or necessary to the operation of the business.
To read more visit http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/types/sex.cfm.
A number of negative actions against a person or group of people on the job based on their gender can constitute sex discrimination. These include, but aren’t limted to refusing to hire or promote a worker because of their gender, underpaying workers based on their gender, and demoting a worker or replacing them due to negative attitudes about people of their gender working in that type of position.
The latter issue served the basis of a gender discrimination lawsuit recently reported on in the media in which a police sergeant filed suit against the city police department and department chief she worked for because of alleged sex discrimination.
Source: Orlando Sentinel Report “Ex-OPD chief admits cruising for attractive women during ‘milk runs’”
“According to the complaint she claimed that after 25 years of “stellar” evaluations, she was transferred to “less desirable” positions and each time was replaced with younger and less experienced male colleagues.”
To read more, visit http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-orlando-police-milk-run-women-20141114-story.html.
According to the Texas based employment lawyers of the Eberstein & Witherite law firm, it is imperative that employees who have been subjected to any type of discrimination report it immediately. Although many who have been victims of sex discrimination fear acts of retailiation such as the loss of their job, not reporting such bad acts can have negative consequences for individuals as well as the whole organization. Employees who choose not to report it continue to be subjected to negative attitudes and actions within a hostile work environment that are detrimental to their emotional health. A company also suffers when discrimination is allowed to persist because employee morale and output significantly declines, its reputation is at risk, and it is left open to expensive lawsuits down the road when the problem is eventually brought to light.
The Texas workplace discrimination attorneys of Eberstein & Witherite are available to help workers who have been harmed by discriminatory acts by an employer. Individuals who need help with these serious matters can contact the firm today for a free confidential consultation to discuss their legal options.
Eberstein Witherite LLP