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Despite Colorado and federal civil rights laws explicitly forbidding sex discrimination since the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, this unfortunate practice still continues today in many Colorado workplaces. In 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed over 26,000 cases of sex discrimination charges, which comprised about 30 percent of all employment discrimination charges.
As a general definition (gender and sex discrimination can occur in countless ways), this form of discrimination occurs when a person receives different treatment because of his/her sex, whereas that treatment has an adverse impact on the terms, conditions, or benefits of employment.
If you or someone you know has experienced discrimination because of his/her sex, the victim could be eligible to recover nominal damages and even compensation. With the aid of a Denver sex discrimination attorney, you can fight against this unconstitutional action, recover compensation, and help prevent further discrimination in the future.
Examples of gender, pregnancy, and sex discrimination in Colorado
In most cases, you’ll know if you’re being discriminated against because of your sex; however, this form of discrimination can be quite subtle as well. For instance, if a business owner said, “I didn’t give her the promotion because she didn’t have the right qualifications,” it would be difficult to distinguish this comment from what the business owner truly meant, which was, “I couldn’t give her the promotion because the job requires strenuous heavy lifting, of which a woman cannot do.” Some other examples of gender, sex, and pregnancy discrimination could include:
- You didn’t get hired because the company’s clients prefer to deal with men
- You’re laid off because of downsizing, but all the men in the same position as you were able to keep their jobs
- Less experienced male co-workers get promotions instead of you, even though you’ve shown the company exemplary results and are repeatedly denied advancement opportunities
- Job classification and pay of male employees are adjusted to reflect increased responsibility, while your classification and pay stay the same despite increased responsibility
- A male co-worker was able to go on paid medical leave using the company’s plan, while you had to use vacation time for a pregnancy
- The boss or another employee often makes unwelcome and lewd comments about your figure or inappropriately touches you without consent. You feel that your job may be at risk if you express your discomfort.
In these examples, males are the target of a potential sex discrimination lawsuit. However, this is not always the case. Female co-workers and bosses are just as capable of committing sex discrimination and men can be victims.
Fight discrimination and call the Civil Rights Litigation Group
There is no excuse for sex discrimination in the workplace, or anywhere else for that matter, and if you are experiencing discrimination you need to consult with an experienced civil rights attorney as soon as possible.
These can be complex cases requiring substantial evidence (beyond hearsay), and so it’s essential to choose an attorney who’ll consult with you, one-on-one, and who’ll devote extensive resources and competence when investigating the discriminatory actions and bringing the case to courts. For a free consultation with the Civil Rights Litigation Group in Denver, you can call our law office at (720) 515-6165. Let’s fight sex discrimination together.
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