Lake Forest Gender Discrimination Attorneys
Federal law prohibits gender discrimination in the workplace. Gender/sex discrimination can take a number of forms, including sexual harassment, pregnancy discrimination, and adverse job decisions based on gender/sex.
Lake County gender discrimination attorney William J. Provenzano focuses on representing clients in all types of employment discrimination claims, including gender / sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual orientation discrimination. Attorney Provenzano has considerable experience advocating on clients’ behalf before the Illinois Department of Human Rights, Illinois Human Rights Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and state and federal courts.
If you believe that you were the victim of gender discrimination, contact our office at (847) 816-6588.
Gender Discrimination Laws
Gender discrimination is prohibited under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Although both men and women can be the victim of gender/sex discrimination, most often women are the victims of gender discrimination in the workplace. The following are some of the more common types of gender discrimination:
- Pregnancy discrimination. Employers are prohibited from making adverse employment decisions based on a woman’s pregnancy or possibility of becoming pregnant. Additionally, employers are required to comply with a number of provisions of the Family and Medical Leave Act in connection with the birth of a child.
- Appearance. Some women are the victim of gender discrimination or sexual harassment on account of their clothing or physical appearance. For instance, an employer may hire an attractive woman over other more qualified candidates, or a woman might be subjected to sexual harassment in the workplace due to her clothing or physical appearance.
- Quid pro quo sexual harassment. If an employment decision is made in exchange for sexual favors, the offender could be liable for sexual harassment or gender/sex discrimination.
- Wage claims. If an employer does not pay a woman the same compensation as a man with the same job title, level of seniority, employment responsibilities, and credentials, gender discrimination may be involved and the employer can be sued under the Equal Pay Act of 1963. If the employer is found liable, it could be required to pay fines and back pay.
What to Do If You Are the Victim of Gender Discrimination
It is important to know and understand your rights in the workplace, as well as your options with respect to gender discrimination or pregnancy discrimination so that you can make an informed decision about how to proceed. If you believe that you are the victim of gender discrimination or sexual harassment, you should:
- Consult your employee handbook and policies. Most employee handbooks and policies have procedures in place regarding the ways that gender discrimination and sexual harassment should be reported and it is important to follow these procedures.
- Contact a sexual harassment lawyer. A gender discrimination lawyer can advise you of your legal rights and options, help you file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and advocate on your behalf in connection with any legal proceedings.
- If you and your attorney believe that you have a valid case, it may be appropriate to promptly file a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the Illinois Department of Human Rights. Under federal, state or local law, the victims of gender discrimination can file a complaint against the employer with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission the Illinois Department of Human Rights, or other appropriate local agency. There are strict time limitations on when a complaint can be filed, however, so it is important to act quickly to protect your rights.
- A lawsuit may be filed against the employer. If the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission decides not to pursue the complaint, you will be allowed to file your own legal action, provided that you do so within 90 days.
Contact a Gender Discrimination Lawyer
If you believe that you were the victim of gender discrimination, contact the Libertyville gender discrimination attorneys at William J. Provenzano & Associates as soon as possible at (847) 816-6588.