Although many people think sex discrimination is a thing of the past, it
is unfortunately alive and well – affecting women from all walks
of life in all types of jobs. Studies show that women still are not paid
equally to men, may be passed over for promotions and subject to harassment.
Fortunately Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, 1964 prohibits
sex discrimination based on an employee’s sex – either female or male. This means
that an employer cannot take adverse employment actions against you because
of your sex. Similarly, the Equal Pay Act requires women and men be paid
equal amounts for equal work.
In a class action lawsuit arising out of gender discrimination, a federal
trial court has recently approved a $32 million settlement. In
Carter v. Wells Fargo Advisors, a group of more than 3000 female current or former financial advisers
sued Wells Fargo for workplace sex bias. Included in the discriminatory
actions were bias in work assignments, distribution of accounts, opportunities
for advancement, assignment of partnerships and teams and other terms
and conditions of employment.
The court will distribute each individual’s share of the settlement
based on her claim of sex discrimination and/or
sexual harassment. Currently about 1,215 women have submitted claims.
For many years, the
Atlanta employment lawyers have helped both women and men facing sex discrimination at work. If you
believe you have been discriminated against based on your sex, please
contact the dedicated
Georgia workplace discrimination lawyers at The Buckley Law Firm, LLC.