Employment discrimination can happen to anyone – regardless of what
region of the country they live in, what type of job they have or their
salary range. Employment discrimination doesn’t just affect those
in lower paying – entry level jobs. Even high-powered, well-paid
celebrities may be the affected by employment discrimination – underscoring
the need for everyone to work together to raise awareness concerning unequal
workplace treatment and the need to put an end to any unlawful discrimination.
In fact, employment law news reports that the Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission (EEOC) has begun an investigation over gender discrimination
in Hollywood. The EEOC is specifically asking directors to speak with
them about gender related issues they are facing in Hollywood, including
the systemic failure to hire woman directors at all levels of the film
and television industry.
According to statistics, with just 7% of the directors being women, this
number falls far below the percentage of women in the general population.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from discriminating
on the basis of sex (as well as race, color or national origin.) This
means that an employer or company cannot take any form of adverse or negative
action against you because of your gender, such as:
- Failing to hire
- Lay offs
While not necessarily conclusive, showing that one group or protected class
is affected disproportionately by negative actions (such as a failure
to hire) may help prove discrimination exists.
For more information or if you believe that you may have suffered some
form of employment discrimination, please contact the experienced
Atlanta employment discrimination lawyers at Buckley Beal, LLP for an immediate consultation.