Florida Sex Discrimination Lawyer
Representing Employees Facing Sex or Gender Discrimination in the Workplace
Being discriminated against at work because of your sex or gender can be incredibly difficult to deal with. You may feel powerless when facing discrimination, but there are steps you can take to protect your workplace rights and hold your employer accountable for their actions. Discrimination based on your sex or gender is illegal under federal, state, and local laws, and you may be entitled to damages for the harm you’ve suffered.
At Yormak Employment & Disability Law in Florida, our team is committed to helping employees who have been victims of gender or sex discrimination. We understand how traumatic this kind of discrimination can be and how difficult it can be to stand up for yourself in these situations. We provide our clients with compassionate yet aggressive advocacy and we are committed to helping all Florida employees protect their rights and hold employers accountable when they violate the law.
If you have experienced sex or gender discrimination at work, we can help. Don’t hesitate. Contact us today for a confidential consultation with our experienced Florida Sex Discrimination Lawyer.
What is Sex or Gender Discrimination?
Sex discrimination is any adverse action taken against an employee because of their sex or gender. This includes hiring, firing, promotions, salary, and benefits decisions based on the employee’s sex or gender. It also covers any form of harassment in the workplace, such as comments about a person’s gender or sexual orientation. Sex discrimination is illegal under both federal and state law and can result in significant compensation for employees who are the victims of it.
Examples of Sex Discrimination
Sex or gender discrimination in the workplace can take many forms, but some examples include:
- Refusing to hire or promote an individual because of their sex or gender
- Treating employees differently or giving them fewer opportunities based on their sex or gender
- Paying employees of a certain sex or gender less than their colleagues
- Creating a hostile work environment for employees of a certain sex or gender through sexist jokes or slurs
- Harassing or retaliating against an employee who has complained about sex or gender discrimination
- Denying an employee reasonable accommodations for pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions
- Using different standards or qualifications for individuals based on their sex or gender
- Discriminating against an employee because they are transgender or gender nonconforming
- Discriminating against an employee because they are undergoing or planning to undergo gender transition
- Discriminating against an employee because of their sexual orientation
Laws Protecting Employees Against Sex or Gender Discrimination
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 provides the primary federal protection against sex or gender discrimination in the workplace. This law prohibits all forms of discrimination based on a person’s sex, including hiring and firing, promotions, salary and benefits decisions, and harassing or retaliatory behavior.
Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia
In June 2020, the Supreme Court expanded Title VII’s protection to include discrimination against LGBTQ employees. In Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, the court held that discrimination based on an individual’s gender identity or sexual orientation is a form of sex discrimination and violates Title VII’s prohibition against such discrimination. In his opinion, Justice Gorsuch wrote, “The answer is clear. An employer who fires an individual for being homosexual or transgender fires that person for traits or actions it would not have questioned in members of a different sex. Sex plays a necessary and undisguisable role in the decision, exactly what Title VII forbids.”
Florida Civil Rights Act & Local Laws
The Florida Civil Rights Act also prohibits sex or gender discrimination in the workplace although there is currently no statewide law in Florida that prohibits discrimination against LGBTQ people. That said, there are local laws in many cities and municipalities throughout Florida that provide protections for LGBTQ individuals living in their area.
Next Steps If You’ve Been Discriminated Against
If you believe you’re being discriminated against based on your sex or gender, there are a number of steps you can take to help protect your rights a prepare for a potential sex discrimination lawsuit.
Document The Discrimination
It’s important to document any instances of discrimination you experience in the workplace. Keep records of emails, texts, and other forms of communication that may help show that you were treated differently because of your sex or gender.
File A Charge Of Discrimination With The EEOC
If you believe you’ve been discriminated against based on your sex or gender, you can file a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC is responsible for enforcing federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination.
Contact A Florida Sex Discrimination Lawyer
An experienced Florida sex discrimination lawyer can provide you with advice and guidance on how to protect your rights, develop a strategy for pursuing legal action and ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.
Contact Us For A Free Consultation
At Yormak Employment & Disability Law, we are committed to helping employees protect their workplace rights and fight against sex or gender discrimination. If you believe you’ve been discriminated against based on your sex or gender, contact us today for a free and confidential consultation. Our experienced legal team is here to help protect your workplace rights and ensure that you receive the justice you deserve. Don’t wait – contact us now!