Austin Gender Discrimination Lawyers
The line between sex and gender is often challenging to understand or differentiate. According to scientists, sex is an individual’s biological identity while gender classifies the cultural association of maleness or femaleness. Discrimination based on either a person’s gender or sex is illegal in the entire employment process. Additionally, all genders in the community can be victims and are under legal protection. At The Melton Law Firm, our Austin gender discrimination attorneys work to resolve any gender intolerance in a work environment.
Gender discrimination is a gender-biased action, including decisions about hiring, promotions, pay, and job titles. Texas Labor Code Chapter 21 makes gender discrimination illegal and applies to all state and local governmental entities. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces the laws that protect Americans from discrimination. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 specifically protects people from gender discrimination as well.
Title VII – Gender Discrimination Law
Oftentimes it is difficult for someone to identify gender discrimination in the workplace and so it goes unreported or overlooked. Constant harassment, stereotyping, or unfair limitations can be extremely difficult for victims to handle and can affect their work performance in a detrimental way. Paying attention to the behavior of an employer and of co-workers is essential in creating a comfortable and professional atmosphere. It is important to know what an employer can and cannot do to an employee. Under Title VII, an employer cannot:
- Fail to hire or fire an individual based on gender
- Use gender as a way to deprive any employee of opportunities in their position
- Use sexual stereotypes in advertisements
It is also important to note that Title VII makes sexual harassment illegal as a form of gender discrimination. The things we have outlined on this page do not qualify as sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is a type of contact characterized by behaviors that create a hostile work environment. Check out our other practice areas to learn more about sexual harassment.
Consult with an Austin Gender Discrimination Attorney
Dealing with gender discrimination can be frustrating for the victim and toxic for a work environment. Victims of gender discrimination can receive compensation for their emotional pain and suffering. At The Melton Law Firm, our Austin gender discrimination attorneys know how to fight against inequality to compensate for the damages you may have suffered. We understand that gender discrimination is all too common, and we will do all we can to help fight against the crime. Please contact our Austin offices at The Melton Law Firm by calling (512) 330-0017.