If you are searching for a gender discrimination lawyer in Columbus, the employment attorneys at The Friedmann Firm can help you.
What laws prohibit gender discrimination in Ohio?
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, along with Ohio’s anti-discrimination laws, prohibits discrimination based on sex/gender. Title VII and Ohio’s anti-discrimination laws also protect employees against sexual harassment, a form of gender discrimination. The Columbus gender discrimination lawyers at The Friedmann Firm have experience litigating claims based on gender discrimination and sexual harassment.
Title VII covers all private employers, state and local governments, and educational institutions that employ 15 or more individuals. These laws also cover private and public employment agencies, labor organizations, and joint labor management committees controlling apprenticeship and training. Ohio’s anti-discrimination laws protect people who work for smaller businesses with a lesser number of employees so do not lose hope if you are not protected by Title VII.
What is gender discrimination?
Gender discrimination occurs when an employer treats employees differently because of sex or gender or terminates employees because of sex or gender. Title VII also prohibits employers from retaliating against an employee who complains he or she was sexually harassed at work. If you complain to your employer about gender discrimination or sexual harassment (of you or another person), you are protected from retaliation and cannot be terminated because of your complaint. If you feel you have been retaliated against, call a gender discrimination attorney in Columbus Ohio today to discuss your options.
Gender discrimination can take many forms in the workplace. Some examples include consistent promotion of men over women, systematically paying men more than women for the same or similar positions, sexual harassment (opposite sex and same sex) or discrimination based on pregnancy. Pregnancy discrimination is a form of gender discrimination. Women often feel there is a “glass ceiling” at work, preventing them from reaching the highest positions within the company. This is another form of gender discrimination you may encounter. Your employer must offer the same benefits to male and female employees. It cannot offer more desirable benefits to males and not offer those same benefits to female. There are many other forms of gender discrimination so it is always best to discuss your situation with a Columbus gender discrimination attorney to evaluate the situation.
What remedies are available in gender discrimination cases?
If you speak with one of our Columbus gender discrimination lawyers and we decide you have a valid legal claim, you may file a lawsuit against your employer. You can seek back pay, reinstatement to your position, a promotion, front pay, compensatory and liquidated damages and punitive damages, on some occasions. The remedies available to you depend on the laws that govern your claim.
If you feel you are being discriminated against because of your gender, call a Columbus, Ohio, gender discrimination attorney at The Friedmann Firm today. We offer free consultations.
A great resource for more information about gender discrimination in the workplace is the Equal Rights Advocate website, which can be found here: http://www.equalrights.org/publications/kyr/sexdiscrim.asp