Atlanta Sex Discrimination Lawyers
Fighting Discrimination Based on Sex
Sex discrimination in the workplace is a prevalent issue that denotes the unfavorable treatment of individuals based on their sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or pregnancy status. This discrimination can manifest in various forms, including wage disparity, biased promotional opportunities, unequal access to benefits, and a hostile work environment. Understanding and addressing sex discrimination is integral to maintaining a fair and inclusive workplace.
For those who have experienced sex discrimination in Atlanta, consider reaching out to Beal Sutherland Berlin & Brown to discuss your options. Call (404) 476-5305 or submit an online contact form today.
Laws Safeguarding Employees’
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, prohibits pregnancy discrimination, but until recently, it didn’t go far enough.
Women have been arguing for equal treatment in the workplace and equal pay for more than a hundred years, with the first significant victory coming in 1920 when women were given the right to vote. In the early twentieth century, most working women were nurses, teachers, or store clerks. Most professions were closed to women, and many colleges wouldn’t admit women. During World War II, women were sent to work in the factories to replace the men who were serving in the armed forces, and this signaled a change in the acceptance of women in the workplace.
Since that time, women have steadily made progress in reaching equality in the workplace, but more needs to be done. Women still do not earn the same pay as men who do the same job, for instance. In a survey done by the Pew Research Center, 42% of women report that they have faced discrimination on the job because they were born female. Additionally, “One-in-four working women (25%) say they have earned less than a man who was doing the same job; one-in-twenty working men (5%) say they have earned less than a female peer,” according to Pew. Moreover, according to the United States Census Bureau, as women get older, the pay gap widens.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was designed to redress many wrongs, among them to prevent employers from treating any employee differently simply because of their sex. It was the first significant piece of legislation aimed at making employers treat people fairly. It says:
It shall be an unlawful employment practice for an employer –
- to fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual, or otherwise to discriminate against any individual with respect to his compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of such individual's race, color, religion, sex, or national origin; or
- to limit, segregate, or classify his employees or applicants for employment in any way which would deprive or tend to deprive any individual of employment opportunities or otherwise adversely affect his status as an employee, because of such individual's race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.
Men can face sex discrimination, too. It’s less common, but it does happen. Men who work in traditionally female occupations like teaching or nursing are more likely to feel the sting of discrimination. They can file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and eventually a lawsuit, if necessary.
Why Choose Our Team?
With a deep-rooted commitment to safeguarding employee rights, Beal Sutherland Berlin & Brown boasts a rich history of handling sex discrimination cases in Atlanta. Our law firm brings unparalleled experience, knowledge, and dedication. We comprehend the profound impact of sex discrimination on individuals and are focused on seeking justice. We firmly believe that every employee deserves respect, equality, and a safe workplace free from discrimination.
Schedule a free consultation with us by calling (404) 476-5305 today.