Issues of gender continue to make headlines across the United States.
Some examples of gender discrimination can be when a woman gets passed over for a position that goes to a more inexperienced male coworker.
There is also the stigma of how a person looks. In some cases, a woman will not be hired or promoted based on her style of dress and how it could be perceived as too sexy or not sexy enough. There is pregnancy discrimination in where a woman may not be hired because she either is pregnant or may become pregnant. Benefit offerings cannot be different between sexes. Both women and men should have the same opportunity to extend insurance coverage to their respective spouses, and it cannot be assumed that those benefits are already offered to them through their job. This sometimes looks like a male being offered insurance for their wife while a woman is not offered insurance for her husband because the assumption is he already has a job that offers those benefits.
If you find yourself in a situation where you believe that you are experiencing sex discrimination there are steps that you should take.
First, make sure that you write down everything that happened. Include dates, times and possible witnesses. Do not keep this record at your workplace, make sure it is on your personal property. Find out your workplace’s policy for reporting gender discrimination and then follow those rules. It is helpful to do this through writing so that you have a paper trail. If you feel like your company’s internal processes have failed you, do not delay in reporting the incident to the EEOC or your state’s equivalent agency. That would be the Department of Fair Employment and Housing the state of California. We say do not delay because there are deadlines in these agencies about how long after the action that you can file a complaint. These deadlines are different in each state. You cannot pursue legal action until you have filed a complaint with one of these agencies.