Gender Discrimination Lawyer in Denver, CO
Sex and/or gender discrimination remains a problem in the workplace. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) received 28,372 charges of gender discrimination complaints. Approximately 24,018 sex discrimination charges were resolved, and $109.3 million in monetary compensation for the charging parties and other aggrieved individuals was recovered by the EEOC.
Sex Discrimination | Pregnancy Discrimination
Gender or sex discrimination occurs when you receive different treatment because of your gender, and such treatment has an adverse impact on the terms or condition of your employment, such as your pay, position, advancement, training opportunities or job security. Some examples of sex or gender discrimination are as follows:
- You apply for a position and are not hired despite having the experience and qualifications because the company’s clients prefer to deal with men
- You get laid off as a result of company downsizing and reorganization, and you later discover that male employees who held the same position and have less seniority kept their jobs.
- You work for the same employer for many years with an excellent employee record yet are repeatedly denied advancement opportunities. Your less-experienced male co-workers, some of whom you trained or currently supervise, get promotions instead.
- Your workplace has a tiered job classification system, but your pay and job classification remained the same despite an increase in responsibilities. Meanwhile, the job classification and pay of male colleagues are adjusted to reflect the increase in their job responsibilities.
- One of your male co-workers was able to go on medical leave for six months using the company’s long-term disability plan, but you were required to use vacation and sick time because your employer doesn’t provide long-term disability leave for pregnancy.
- You discover that a male co-worker was just hired to the same job as yours, with the same amount of training and experience, but at a higher rate of pay
- Your boss makes unwelcome and lewd comments about your body and often places his arm around your waist when you are discussing work-related issues. When you express your discomfort and ask that he stop, you’re told to “relax” or “loosen up” and now you feel that your job is on the line if you don’t learn to deal with it.
Colorado Discrimination Law
States have employee laws that protect workers from gender and other types of discrimination. The state of Colorado prohibits employers from discriminating against or terminating employees based on sex, age, race, color, creed, religion, nationality, pregnancy or disability. Using such criteria in consideration for termination, wages, promotions or job assignments is also prohibited. If you feel you are the victim of gender discrimination, a seasoned Colorado employment lawyer can advise you of your rights and help you fight to get the fair treatment you deserve.
To learn more about your rights, contact our Denver gender discrimination attorneys at Elkus, Sisson & Rosenstein, P.C., for a consultation.