Discrimination is not limited to a particular gender or people of a specific age bracket – it comes in all shapes and sizes. Here are some commonly asked questions clients ask about age and sex discrimination before moving on to file a case against their employer:
A: No. If your employer punishes, harasses, or treats you differently for reporting their discriminatory behavior or actions to the EEOC or an authority in your workplace, it will be illegal. You will be safe in case the misconduct you reported isn’t found to be discrimination at the end.
A: Typically, sexual harassment refers to any misconduct of a sexual nature by a harasser in the workplace. It includes sexual jokes, comments, or favors, pressure for going on dates, unwanted touching, sexual graffiti, gestures, pictures, or cartoons. It may also include comments based on gender, such as something being only a men’s or women’s work. A harasser can be your co-worker, supervisor, or a client/customer.
A: Yes. The Sex Discrimination Act 1975 protects both men and women against unethical behavior in the workplace on the basis of gender.
A: No. An employer cannot label tasks to be handled by only men or women. For example, it will be unlawful for an employer of a company to consider only a male or a female for a receptionist job.
Age and sex discrimination are quite common in workplaces, and most people think that reporting such misconducts and unethical behavior can cost them their jobs. But, you shouldn’t be worried as you are protected by the law. Talk to an experienced Roselle employment discrimination attorney to discuss your case today and seek legal assistance. Contact the Law Office of Michael T. Smith today at 847.466.1099 for a consultation.