Discrimination on account of a person’s sexual orientation or gender is absolutely illegal and wrong. You and every other person are entitled to freedom from practices or behavior that constitute discrimination on account of sex.
If you have been made to suffer harassment at work because of your sex, or if you have been treated unfairly because of your sex, you may have a claim for sex discrimination.
Under Kansas Acts Against Discrimination statutes, sex discrimination means any sort of unfair or unequal treatment of a person that is motivated by his or her sex. It can include words, acts, or written statements that discriminate against a person on account of sex or gender.
There are also federal laws that protect you from any sort of practice that tends to discriminate against you on the basis of your sex. The protection afforded you not only prevents your employer from discriminating against you; it also applies to your co-workers. If your co-workers have been discriminating against you and your employer knows of this but fails to put a stop to it, you may have grounds for a claim. A recent example involves a lawsuit against the University of Kansas hospital in September 2017 by an employee who reported sexual harassment to human resources, which took no actions to investigate or prevent further incidents.
What Constitutes Sex Discrimination?
Under state and federal law, your employer is prohibited from initiating or sustaining any sort of discrimination against you on account of your sex or gender. You have a right to be protected from:
- Hiring or firing practices that are solely gender-based.
- Promotion exercises that have gender as their primary or only consideration
- Compensation schedules that tend to favor one sex over the other especially when the employees are equally qualified
- Workplace policies or regulation that favor one sex at the expense of the other
- Crude jokes, comments, or offensive cartoons that lampoon or ridicule members of any sex.
Sex Discrimination and Sexual Harassment
In some instances, sex discrimination may occur at the same time as sexual harassment. It could also lead to sexual harassment on occasion. As such, there is often a thin line between the two.
Sexual harassment can consist of offensive touching or unsolicited sexual advances. If you are suffering what you feel may be sexual harassment in the workplace, it may also involve some elements of sex discrimination.
If you are confused as to whether you are being made to suffer sex discrimination or sexual harassment, do not hesitate to contact a lawyer for clarification of your situation.
Hostile Workplace on Account of Sex Discrimination
A hostile workplace is what results when a person has had to endure discrimination so long and so often that it begins to affect his or her ability to function effectively in the workplace. If you have suffered sex discrimination for this long, you may be operating in a hostile work environment.
Constant comments on your perceived inability that pertain to stereotypes about a certain sex can lead to a hostile work environment. For instance, being constantly ribbed about your perceived effeminate nature as a man or being subjected to unfair treatment all the time because you are not “macho” enough may constitute sex discrimination in the workplace.
If you suffer sex discrimination in a hostile workplace environment, get in touch with a lawyer to help you put things in order.
Have Questions? Contact a Sex Discrimination Lawyer in Kansas City Today
Being subjected to workplace discrimination is a traumatic and overwhelming experience. That is why you should have an attorney on your side to help you hold your employer accountable. Contact HKM Employment Attorneys. We are ready and able to help.