Sex Discrimination and Harassment

Discrimination and harassment based on sex or gender violates state and federal employment law. Even in today’s more sophisticated and diverse work environments, some employees find themselves being discriminated against simply because of their gender or sexual orientation. Sex discrimination occurs when an employee or job applicant is treated unfavorably because of their gender identity, including transgender status. In California and in some Texas cities with human rights commissions, it is illegal to discriminate based on sexual orientation. Sex or gender discrimination can involve denial of job opportunities and equal pay, physical and verbal harassment, and applying stereotypes to deny employment.

Janovsky & Associates understands that employees experience sexual harassment and discrimination at work from supervisors, coworkers, and other individuals within the company. Attorney Janovsky is committed to protecting your rights and will do everything in her power to ensure justice is served. Sexual harassment and sex discrimination is a serious problem in our country right now, but Janovsky & Associates is dedicated to representing victims of these crimes throughout both Texas and California.

About Sex Discrimination and Harassment in the Workplace

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) defines sexual harassment as any form of discrimination that violates the Civil Rights Act of 1964. These types of acts not only create a hostile and offensive work environment, but they can impact the employee’s work performance and overall well being. Some of the behaviors that are considered sexual harassment include:

● Giving an employee inappropriate attention because of their sex or gender
● Inappropriate or unwanted physical contact
● Inappropriate or unwanted sexual conduct, jokes, or discussion
● Unwanted sexual advances
● Requests for sexual favors
● Any other verbal or physical conduct that is sexual in nature
● Inappropriate attention or action based on sexual orientation
● Threatening (either physical or verbal) behavior that is directed at an employee because of their sex or gender

In many cases, these behaviors will put an employee’s job in danger and make them feel like they cannot come forward. Some examples of sexual discrimination include:

● Hiring, firing, or offering a promotion based on sex or gender
● Giving an employee lower pay because of sex or gender
● Giving an employee higher pay because of sex or gender
● Change of job classification or position because of sex or gender
○ A good example of this is when women return to their job after taking maternity leave, only to find they have been demoted or their job title has changed
● Failing to provide adequate benefits because of sex or gender

If you believe you have been discriminated against because of your sex, or if you are the victim of sexual harassment, please contact Janovksy & Associates today. Attorney Janovsky will discuss your rights with you and advise you on how to proceed with bringing a lawsuit against your employer.

Legal Disclaimer: The information provided on this website is not legal advice, and does not establish an attorney-client relationship. The information is provided for informational purposes only.