Pay equity is a major concern for almost all professional women, regardless of which industry they’re in. Even today, the glass ceiling is still a very real thing — 40 years after the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and 1963 Equal Pay Act, gender discrimination is something women face on an almost daily basis. If you’ve experienced discrimination in the workplace, you have legal options. From filing a formal complaint to bringing a lawsuit against your employer, there are things you can do to protect your interests and your future. To find out more, contact the gender discrimination lawyers at McCarthy Weisberg Cummings, P.C. to schedule your free consultation with our team.
Gender Discrimination in Action
These days, few women will be told explicitly that they are being denied equal opportunities because of their sex. However, many businesses remain very much a “boys club.” Some common forms of gender discrimination include:
- Failure to hire: Employers don’t typically require a reason when selecting one candidate over the other, however, an ongoing pattern of favoring male candidates over women can be grounds for a gender discrimination complaint or lawsuit.
- Glass ceiling claims: One persistent problem, even at firms that pay lip service to equal hiring, is a lack of women in upper management. When women with appropriate credentials and seniority are passed over for promotions, it’s often indicative of endemic sexism at the organizational level.
- Harassment: No one, women or man, should have to face harassment or bullying on the job. Women — particularly in male-dominated environments — are far more likely to encounter offensive remarks or other forms of sexual harassment.
- Unequal pay: The often-quoted statistic that women earn 75% of what men do doesn’t tell the whole truth about income inequality in America, though it does give some perspective on the scope of the problem. In many organizations, women still earn less than their male counterparts — violations of the Equal Pay Act are among the most common issues that are handled by gender discrimination lawyers.
Retaliation for Speaking Out
Another common gender discrimination issue is retaliation. Often, both women and men who speak out against sexism in the workplace face harassment or other penalties, either formally or informally. If you have been denied a promotion, training or other opportunities after reporting sexual harassment, you may be entitled to legal compensation. Environments in which individuals are discouraged from speaking out when they see gender discrimination aren’t healthy for a number of reasons — at McCarthy Weisberg Cummings, P.C., we encourage anyone in this situation to resist the urge to quit and to collect as much evidence as possible of the treatment they receive.
Pennsylvania’s Gender Discrimination Attorneys
McCarthy Weisberg Cummings, P.C. represents clients in a range of different gender discrimination cases. We can file a formal compliant with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the Pennsylvania Human Rights Commission (PHRC); we can also represent you at the negotiating table or in court, should your case require it.
The first step in any course is to schedule your free consultation with McCarthy Weisberg Cummings, P.C.’s gender discrimination attorneys. Contact our office to begin the process today.