Some people in Rhode Island may believe that blatant gender discrimination is largely a thing of the past. Unfortunately, gender discrimination continues to exist in many workplaces, especially in occupations that were traditionally male-dominated. When it occurs, victims can suffer serious financial and emotional damage.
Gender discrimination in the workplace comes in many forms. One example is when one gender is paid less than the other for doing substantially similar work. Another example is wrongful termination or denial of promotion opportunities based on gender.
Employment discrimination based on gender can also take more subtle forms, as when one gender receives more favorable assignments or work hours than the other, or when management reserves certain privileges or job duties for employees of one gender. Sexual harassment is also a form of gender discrimination.
Gender discrimination in employment is prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Retaliation against an employee for complaining about or reporting gender discrimination is also a violation of the law. Victims of gender discrimination have legal rights, and may pursue remedies including monetary damages, back pay and reinstatement.
At Formisano & Company our lawyers believe that all employees should be judged on their skills, their experience and the contributions they make to the workplace, not their gender, age, race, religious beliefs or sexual orientation. We are committed to fighting for the rights of employees who have suffered illegal discrimination in the workplace. To find more information on this issue, please visit our employment discrimination web page.