Workers can bring cases based on sex and disability discrimination for
a variety of reasons. Although in some situations the discrimination may
be obvious such as firing an employee for turning down sexual advances,
other times the discrimination may not be readily apparent. In a recent
employment discrimination case out of Ohio,
Koren v. Ohio Bell Tel. Co., a federal district court determined that a gay telephone sales consultant
could maintain a lawsuit against his employer after he suffered work place
discrimination as the result of taking his husband’s last name.
If you believe you have been the victim of workplace bias based on your
sex, gender, religion or even your age, it’s important to seek the
advice of a topGeorgia employment discrimination lawyer right away.
In the Ohio case, an Ohio Bell Telephone Co. employee decided to change
his last name after getting married to another man in Massachussettes.
As explained by the court the worker – Koren – chose to take
his spouse’s surname-a ‘traditionally’ feminine practice-and
his co-workers and superiors observed that gender non-conformance when
Koren requested to be called by his married name. The court determined
that it was possible that negative actions taken against the worker could
be evidence of discrimination. These actions included:
• calling days off for the death of the worker’s father an “unexcused
• providing Koren two certificates at the end of training, one with
the last name Cabot and one as Koren;
• denying Koren promotion to be a sales coach;
• not permitting Koren to lead team meetings;
• posting his recommendation in the bathroom rather than in the hallway
with the other recommendations; and
• denying him access to company intranet job postings.
The federal court determined that a reasonable jury could determine that
these actions amounted to discrimination based on his sexual orientation.
The court noted that sufficient evidence of sex discrimination existed
under the “sex stereotyping theory” as set forth in an earlier case,
Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins.
If you believe you have been discrimination against because of your sex
– whether due to your gender or your orientation – its important
to consult with a top Georgia gender discrimination lawyer to get you
the help you need.
For more information, please contact the dedicated
Georgia sex discrimination lawyers at The Buckley Law Firm, LLC for an immediate consultation.