I Have Experienced Sex Discrimination and I Need an Attorney: What Do I Do?
Sex Discrimination in the Workplace
If you think you need an attorney because of sex discrimination, it is important to find a reputable attorney that is experienced with successfully defending the rights of sexual discrimination victims in your state.
Sex discrimination (also referred to as sex-based discrimination) is illegal. As defined by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), “Sex discrimination involves treating someone (an applicant or employee) unfavorably because of that person’s sex.” It is illegal to discriminate against an individual because of their gender identity, including transgender status, or because of sexual oriention, and doing so is against the law as stated in Title VII.
The law forbids discrimination for all aspects of employment, including pre-employment activities such as selecting interview applicants, interviews, hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, firing benefits, bonuses, and any other terms or conditions of employment.
If you’ve experienced sex discrimination in the workplace, discussing your situation with an attorney who is experienced with successfully defending the rights of victims of sex discrimination in your area, is often a good person to start with when you think you you need an attorney.
Sex Discrimination Harassment
It is also unlawful to harass an individual in the workplace based on their sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. As explained by the EEOC, harassment, including sexual harassment or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal and physical harassment of a sexual nature, is illegal. In general, any sort of harassment in the workplace is considered illegal.
Sex-discrimination harassment can be non-sexual in nature while including things such as offensive remarks about a person’s sex. An example of this is that it can be considered harassment to make offensive remarks about women in general even if the comments are not sexual in nature.
Finding an Attorney
If you are looking for an attorney that can help you with your sex discrimination problems, there are many different ways to go about looking for one that will be suited to your particular needs. Chances are that you will be using the internet for some if not all of your search. The following are methods that people have used when they were looking for an attorney to help them with their sex discrimination cases:
Word of Mouth
Trusted friends, family members, co-workers, community leaders and other people you know, can be valuable resources when you are looking for a sex discrimination attorney who is especially suited to your needs.
Legal aid organizations often offer low and/or no cost legal help to those who qualify for their particular programs.
Public libraries can be a wealth of information and resources, including the help of librarians and that they have internet access for the public.
State and other bar associations can often provide people with contact information for attorneys that are qualified and in your area.
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