Women have been fighting for equal rights for decades, and while they have achieved significant progress, women still face certain types of discrimination in the workplace. Workplace discrimination for any reason is illegal, and women who experienced this have the right to stand up for themselves and fight back.
Both Florida laws and federal laws expressly prohibit the discrimination of an individual solely based on his or her gender. It can be difficult to know if the treatment you experienced in the workplace could qualify as gender discrimination, but you have the right to know. By reaching out to an experienced attorney, you can better understand your rights and take the steps necessary to hold the appropriate parties accountable.
What counts as gender discrimination?
Discrimination on the basis of someone's sex can come in many different forms, and you may even be unaware that you are a victim. You could have grounds for legal action if you suspect that your gender played a role in any of the following at your workplace:
- Harassed with inappropriate comments and questions
- Missed a deserved promotion
- Received less pay for equal work
- Forced to comply with discriminatory standards
- Tasked with unreasonable demands
- Not hired or overlooked for an advancement
Gender discrimination is not only illegal, it is grounds for a civil claim against the parties who treated you unfairly. It is normal to feel overwhelmed or ashamed as a victim, but you have the right to fight back.
Sexual harassment is a type of gender-based discrimination. If you deal with inappropriate comments, sexual advances, touching and other similar situations, you are a victim of discrimination and illegal treatment in the workplace.
One of the best ways to fight back against harassment is to speak up. You do not have to suffer in silence or live in fear of the repercussions of taking a stand, but you have the right to seek the appropriate legal guidance and support needed to make it stop.
Holding the right people accountable
Even in 2017, gender-based discrimination happens. Workers and employees who experience unfair treatment may seek financial damages for the emotional pain and suffering they experienced, and fight to protect others from experiencing the same treatment in the future. An experienced attorney can evaluate your situation, determine if you are a victim of gender discrimination and help you fight back against the appropriate parties.