Atlanta Sex Discrimination Lawyer
We would all like to think that sex discrimination is a relic of the past—that women are no longer called girls or treated as sex objects rather than people. Unfortunately, sex discrimination is very much alive and well. Most studies show that women are not paid equally to men, and women are still being sexually harassed in both boardrooms and factory floors throughout the U.S.
Fortunately, there are laws against sex discrimination. Title VII prohibits discrimination "because of" an employee's sex. This means that your employer may not take an adverse action against you because of your sex.
In other words, your sex cannot play a role in any aspect of your employment, including:
- Disciplinary action
In addition to Title VII, a related law, the Equal Pay Act, requires that men and women be given equal pay for equal work. If you believe that you are being discriminated against because of your gender, call Buckley Beal and schedule a consultation with our Atlanta sex discrimination attorneys.
Schedule a private meeting with our team. Call (404) 471-3725 to set up yours.
Your Legal Rights and Remedies
Although your rights and remedies in a sex discrimination case are similar to those of the other protected categories, such as your race, national origin, or age, Congress has passed some additional anti-discrimination laws to protect women in the workplace. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions. Although this doesn't mean that pregnant women are entitled to special treatment, it does mean that pregnant women must be treated equally to non-pregnant individuals.
For example, if your company gives extra leaves of absence to employees with medical conditions, they must extend this practice to pregnant women. Of course, the Family and Medical Leave Act also gives you certain rights if you need a leave of absence for your pregnancy or for the birth of your child.
Men Can Also Be Victims of Sex Discrimination
It's also important to understand that although Title VII was originally understood only to apply to women, this is no longer the case. Title VII also prohibits discrimination against men. Thus, for example, when a male employee is denied a promotion in favor of a female employee, and the male can prove that the reason was "because of his sex," he may have a claim for sex discrimination.
Sex discrimination also includes sexual harassment—creating a hostile environment for an individual based on his or her sex is just as discriminatory as firing a person because of his or her sex. For more information about sexual harassment, see our sexual harassment page. The law also prohibits your employer from retaliating against you for complaining about sex discrimination or sexual harassment or for participating in someone else's sex discrimination or sexual harassment case.
Speak with a Lawyer: (404) 471-3725
Whether you're a man or a woman, you are entitled to be free from sex discrimination and harassment. If, however, you feel that you are the victim of sex discrimination, one of the experienced Atlanta sex discrimination lawyers of Buckley Beal can help you fight for your rights.
Call us at (404) 471-3725 to get started.