Employment discrimination based on gender is prohibited by state and federal law. Accordingly, an employer cannot make any employment-related decision, including hiring, firing, promotion, layoff, compensation, benefits, job assignments, and training, based solely on an employee’s or job applicant’s gender. Additionally, an employer cannot fire or refuse to hire/promote you based on race, national origin, religion, disability, or age.
Not only is employment discrimination based on gender illegal, but it is also illegal to retaliate against an employee who reports employment discrimination. The Chicago employment discrimination attorneys at Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca focus on representing employees who have suffered from employment discrimination based on gender and retaliatory discharge.
Common Types of Employment Discrimination Based on Gender
The following are the two most common types of gender discrimination in the workforce:
- Sexual Harassment – Federal law prohibits any type of sexual harassment, which can include overt requests for sexual favors and workplace conditions that create a hostile environment for persons of either gender.
- Pregnancy-Based Discrimination – The law requires that pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions be treated in the same way as other temporary illnesses or conditions.
Other Anti-Discrimination Laws
Under federal law, including the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans With Disabilities Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, employers are also prohibited from discrimination against an employee or potential employee based solely on the fact that the individual falls into one of the following “protected classes:”
State and federal anti-discrimination laws provide remedies for employees who report an employer’s illegal discrimination. Remedies for reporting employment discrimination based on race may include back pay, front pay, reinstatement of employment position, damages for emotional distress, punitive damages, and reasonable attorneys’ fees.
How Can We Help?
Employment discrimination laws are complex laws with several nuances, and employment discrimination based on race involves sensitive legal and personal issues. Accordingly, it is essential to hire a skilled employment discrimination attorney who understands the law, as well as the practical effects and implications of the law.
The Chicago employment discrimination law firm of Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca focuses on representing plaintiffs in employment discrimination based on gender, as well as discrimination based on race, religion, sexual orientation, age, or gender. As experienced Chicago employment attorneys, we also have considerable experience representing employees in connection with claims based on the Family Medical Leave Act.
Contact the skilled Chicago employment lawyers at Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca at 312-724-5846 to schedule a consultation if you suspect that you have suffered employment discrimination based on gender.