Virginia Gender Discrimination Lawyer

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Sex-based discrimination or gender discrimination refers to the unequal treatment of people based on their sex. A person is protected from gender discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Virginia Human Rights Act. Arlington, Fairfax, and Alexandria all have specific gender discrimination laws. If you believe you have been discriminated against based on your gender, you may be eligible to receive compensation. A Virginia gender discrimination lawyer could review your case and help you file a claim. Contact a seasoned workplace discrimination attorney at the Spiggle Law Firm today to get started.

Defining Gender Discrimination

There are several different kinds of gender-based acts of discrimination. For example, when a woman is passed over for a promotion because she is a woman and the employer does not want a woman for the job, that is gender-based discrimination. A less obvious type of gender discrimination is when someone makes a workplace decision based on a gender stereotype. For instance, a man is denied a promotion because he took time off to be with his children and men are not supposed to do that because the woman usually takes time off to care for the children. That is an example of gender stereotyping, taking action based on how one thinks someone of a certain sex should act.

Another example of gender discrimination is a pregnancy case that involves someone taking action against a pregnant woman because they believe pregnant women should behave in a certain way. For instance, an individual is up for promotion for a job that requires lots of travel. The woman announces she is pregnant and the company withdraws the promotion because they do not want a pregnant woman to do a lot of traveling. This is illegal, therefore, the woman should act by contacting one of our Virginia gender discrimination attorneys.

Difference Between Gender Discrimination and Sexual Harassment

Virginia business and employment law is a larger category that includes different kinds of unlawful employment practices based on sex, age, disability, or when a person complained or raised awareness of wrongdoing in the workplace. Virginia business and anti-discrimination laws broadly apply to those situations.

A narrower category within those same laws applies to gender discrimination and sexual harassment, which are slightly different. Gender discrimination is an employer taking action against someone such as termination, denial of a promotion, or failure to hire based on the person’s sex. It can apply to men or women.

What is Workplace Sexual Harassment?

Sexual harassment is when an employer takes an action based on sex. It is usually harassment of a sexual nature. As an example, a boss repeatedly asks someone out even though the other person refuses them time after time. Any kind of unwanted touching, repeatedly making inappropriate and lewd jokes in front of someone, or continuously watching pornography in front of a person while at work could be sexual harassment based on sex.

Discriminatory Company Policies

A company policy that applies to all employees regardless of sex can still be considered discriminatory when its requirements burden employees of a specific sex or gender identity more than others. When the company has a neutral policy that affects a protected class of people more severely than others, it could be illegal under Title VII. If someone can prove that a practice used by a company discriminates against a class of people, it is illegal under most federal anti-discrimination laws.

If your employer has discriminated against you based on your gender, speak with a Virginia gender discrimination lawyer at Spiggle Law Firm. To find out how much your case may be worth, click here to check out our Case Assessment Calculator.