Gender Discrimination

What laws apply in employment gender discrimination cases?

A variety of federal anti-discrimination laws apply in a sex/gender discrimination case. These laws include Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the Equal Pay Act, and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. Similarly, a host of state and local laws also prohibit sex/gender discrimination in employment. Talk with an experienced gender discrimination lawyer to explore your legal options.

How do I prove gender discrimination at work?

To establish a prima facie case of gender discrimination based on intentional discrimination an employee must show that they:

  1. are a member of a protected class,
  2. suffered an adverse employment action,
  3. met their employer’s legitimate expectations at the time of the adverse employment action, and
  4. were treated differently from similarly situated employees outside their protected class.

If these elements are met then the employer must articulate a non-discriminatory reason for the adverse employment action. If an employer does so, then the employee has to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that the employer’s articulated reason is a mere pretext/ excuse for discrimination.

It is important to consult with an experienced gender discrimination lawyer to understand your legal options.

What remedies are available for gender discrimination?

  • Back pay damages for wages lost due to the harassment
  • Emotional distress damages (also referred to as compensatory damages)
  • Punitive damages designed to punish the employer for especially reckless or malicious harassment
  • Reasonable attorney’s fees

Consult with a gender discrimination lawyer to maximize your potential damages. If you have experienced workplace discrimination or whistleblower retaliation, call us at (202) 769-1681, or start your preliminary consultation online.

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