Many types of discrimination are prohibited in Nevada workplaces by federal and state anti-discrimination laws. One type of discrimination that is illegal but happens regularly is discrimination based on an employee’s sex. Both men and women can fall victim to sex discrimination in a variety of ways and such discriminatory acts can often cause serious financial and emotional harm. Fortunately, the law provides avenues for victims of unlawful discrimination to hold their employers accountable and seek compensation for the harm they suffered.
No type of sex discrimination claim is easy, however, the legal team at the Las Vegas office of HKM Employment Attorneys is here to help. If you would like to talk about a potential claim, please call for a consultation today.
What Constitutes Sex Discrimination?
There are many different types of discrimination that can be based on sex or sex-related factors. In Nevada, sex discrimination can include discriminatory acts based on any of the following:
- Biological gender;
- Pregnancy or childbirth;
- Sexual orientation;
- Gender identity;
- Gender expression;
- Gender stereotypes;
- Assumptions about a person’s abilities based on their sex.
Pregnancy discrimination can include discrimination based on the fact that a woman is pregnant or could become pregnant in the future. Sexual orientation protects individuals with heterosexual, homosexual, and bisexual orientations. Gender identity refers to the gender with which an employee internally identifies, regardless of biological sex. Gender expression involves the way an employee externally represents their gender, including style of dress, haircuts, behavior, voice, and mannerisms. Gender stereotypes can include any expectations an employer may have about a person based on their sex, such as women should not work in “dirty” jobs or men should not be administrative assistants.
Common Types of Sex Discrimination
Sex discrimination can happen in many different ways and only some examples include the following:
- Refusing to hire or promote an individual because of sex or related factors;
- Demoting, disciplining, or terminating someone due to their sex;
- Handing out job assignments or duties based on sex;
- Sexual harassment that conditions employment based on sexual favors or that creates a hostile work environment;
- Providing unequal pay to individuals of opposite sexes who perform substantially equal work;
- Retaliating against an individual for complaining of any form of sex discrimination.
All of the above practices are illegal and employees have the right to fight back against sex discrimination in all its forms. Our attorneys are here to help stand up for your rights against sex discrimination.
Discuss Your Situation With an Experienced Sex Discrimination Attorney Today
At HKM Employment Attorneys in Las Vegas, we firmly believe that all forms of unlawful discrimination are unacceptable and will protect our clients’ rights to the fullest extent of the law. We have extensive experience handling sex discrimination claims and will help you through the process to ensure the best possible results in your case. If you believe that your employer has discriminated against you or otherwise violated your rights in any way, please do not hesitate to call our employment lawyers at 702-625-3893 or contact us online.