Gender and sex discrimination are not allowed in the workplace. In fact, federal law prohibits discrimination based on your sex or gender, gender identity or other factors.
According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, sex-based discrimination occurs when someone is treated unfavorably due to their gender identity, pregnancy, sexual orientation or sex. This could range from discrimination based on your gender, male or female, your choice to transition, your choice to get pregnant or as a result of being part of the LGBTQ+ community.
Title VII protects your rights
Title VII goes over sex discrimination and prohibits it in workplaces in America. The law prohibits harassment due to a person’s sex or sexual orientation, pregnancy or gender identity. This can include sexual harassment, verbal harassment or other forms.
Thanks to Title VII, no employer covered by this law is allowed to discriminate during any aspect of employment including:
- Fringe benefits
- Job assignments
…Or any other part of the employment process.
What can you do if you believe that you have been a victim of sex discrimination?
Whether you’re a woman who was sexually harassed on the job or you transitioned only to find that coworkers in your workplace became rude or vindictive towards you, it’s your right to speak out if you’re being treated unfairly at work.
Employers with 15 or more employees are covered by Title VII, and you have up to 180 days to file a charge (which may be extended by additional state laws depending on your case). Federal employees can also make a claim and typically have 45 days to do so.
Know your legal rights and take action if you believe you have a claim
If you are a victim of harassment or discrimination, it’s important for you to know that you do have options. You can stand up to harassment and take steps to reduce the likelihood of further issues at work in the future. If you’ve been terminated or weren’t hired due to discrimination, you may also be able to make a claim to hold the company responsible for its actions.