Discrimination is a serious problem – both in the workplace and in life. While most employers say they have strict no discrimination policies in place, we see it take place on a regular basis. Over the last several decades, there have been numerous Equal Opportunity initiatives passed, as well as a host of anti-discrimination laws, yet sex discrimination occurs every single day in the workplace. Many people think of women when they hear sex discrimination, but it can apply to both men and women. Discrimination takes many different forms, and it isn’t always overt. In fact, subtle discrimination is one of the most common, and one of the most difficult to spot. Sex discrimination can come in the form of teasing a co-worker about their outfit or hiring someone based on their appearance. It’s safe to say that employees experience sex discrimination and see signs of it in everyday activities, even if they don’t know it.
In order for an action or scenario to be considered discriminatory, it must meet certain legal tests. In the workplace, sex discrimination must be related to the workplace. Employment practices that fall under anti-discrimination laws include hiring, firing, compensation, recruitment, assignment, training, and layoffs. Discrimination based on sex, religion, color, race, disability, or age may result in a discrimination lawsuit. If you believe you have been the victim of sex discrimination in the workplace, please give Janovsky & Associates a call. Attorney Janovsky has handled countless sex discrimination cases and is prepared to do the same for you today.
Signs That Sex Discrimination May Be Going On
There are numerous signs that may indicate your workplace is ripe with sex discrimination. If you believe you or someone else is being discriminated against at work based on gender, be sure and report the incident to your human resources department right away. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, you may also want to contact a sex discrimination lawyer at this time. Here are some of the tell-tale signs of sex discrimination in the workplace:
- The environment is hostile – One of the first signs that sex discrimination is present in the workplace is a hostile environment. If your co-workers are making insensitive comments or off-color jokes at your expense, chances are you will feel uncomfortable. If this behavior happens on a regular basis, please contact Janovsky & Associates so we can help you understand your rights.
- Low company morale – If the company culture at your place of work is on the low side, there’s a good chance discrimination is going on. Employees will often act hostile towards one another, form cliques, and shun or refuse to work with certain people based on their gender. There are numerous reasons this may be going on, but the fact of the matter is that there is no justification for sex discrimination at work.
- High turnover rate – Companies that are guilty of sex discrimination typically have a high turnover rate. While many people choose not to report sex discrimination for numerous reasons, if the company can’t seem to retain employees, it could be for a good reason.
Right now we are seeing many large companies, Hollywood actors, sports stars, and more come under fire for sex harassment and discrimination. This is an important time in our lives and in history. If you believe you are the victim of sex discrimination in the workplace, please contact Janovsky & Associates today.