Men Can Also Recover For Discrimination in the Workplace
Sex Discrimination Lawyers Protect Men and Women Equally
Attorneys at Leeds Brown, representing victims of sex discrimination on Long Island and throughout New York, know that both men and women feel the effects of workplace gender bias. People often have generalized preconceptions about the abilities or behaviors associated with different genders that guide their decisions, often to the detriment of an innocent employee. What many wrongfully assume, however, is that workplace discrimination laws exist only to protect females and that women are the only ones who fall prey to discriminatory employment practices.
Yes, women employees are victims of gender discrimination more than their male counterparts, or at least they report incidents more frequently. Female workers file the vast majority of sex harassment and discrimination complaints. But it is important to understand that men also experience their fair share of workplace discrimination. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency that oversees the enforcement of employment discrimination laws, reported in 2012 that they were seeing a significant increase in sexual harassment claims filed by men.
The Federal Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VII, protects employees from sex discrimination in all areas of employment. New York State and New York City Human Rights Laws also protect workers from discrimination and harassment in the workplace based on gender. A covered employer may not base an employment-related decision such as hiring, firing, compensating or promoting on the sex of an individual. Sexual harassment is considered to be a form of sex discrimination and is also unlawful. Under the laws, an employer may not retaliate against a person who complains or tries to stop discrimination.
Despite evidence to the contrary, stereotypes make many people continue to assume that sex discrimination against men simply doesn’t happen. Employment law attorneys at Leeds Brown see first- hand that it does. People experience workplace harassment on Long Island and throughout the New York City metropolitan area, and the provisions of Title VII that prohibit sex discrimination protect men and women equally.
The workplace is supposed to be free from sex discrimination and employees, regardless of gender, have the right to work in a safe, fair environment and receive equal treatment. If your employer has unlawfully discriminated against you, you may be entitled to recover monetary damages or other remedies. Contact Leeds Brown and let our Long Island employment discrimination team help you protect your rights.
Men Experience Sex Discrimination on Long Island
Men and women experience sex discrimination in similar ways. It may not occur as frequently against men, but when it does, the behavior is equally as unlawful as it is when it occurs against women. Consider the following situations where the male employee may be experiencing gender discrimination:
- If a promotion is given to a female because the employer “likes working with women” or “feels more comfortable around women” or thinks “women are better team players,” you may have a claim for sex discrimination.
- If your prospective employer or manager conditions a job offer or promotion on the satisfaction of a sexual favor, it is sex harassment.
- If one or more co-workers or supervisors persistently ridicule you, comment on your appearance, make inappropriate jokes, unwanted sexual advances, unwanted physical contact or sexual innuendo, you may have a sex harassment claim.
- If a woman is making more money than you are for performing the same job, you may be experiencing sex discrimination.
- If your employer or supervisor threatens adverse employment consequences if you refuse to comply with requests of a sexual nature it is sex harassment.
- If your company denies you benefits which it gives to a similarly situated woman, you may have a sex discrimination case.
- If you did not receive a job offer although you are as qualified or more qualified than the woman hired, you might have a sex discrimination claim.
- If you are eligible to get a promotion but are passed over for a less qualified female, it may be sex discrimination.
- If you are experiencing sexual harassment by a team-member and you tell your supervisor who transfers you to another, less productive team, or fires you, it is may be unlawful retaliation.
- If you are one of the very few men in an office and you are all laid off, it may be sex discrimination.
Same-Sex Harassment is Unlawful
Sex harassment can be unlawful discrimination regardless of whether or not the victim and perpetrator are of the same or different genders. For instance, a male supervisor who threatens a male employee with termination if he does not accompany him on a date would be liable for discrimination as would a female. An employer is often responsible for harassment by co-workers as well. If a male employee complains to his boss about a co-worker constantly asking him out and cornering him despite repeated requests to stop, the employer is obligated to help. If the employee tells the victim to “deal with it” or “man-up” he may have a claim for sex discrimination. Men and women are often guilty of discriminating against members of their own gender.
Contact Leeds Brown if you are experiencing sex harassment or gender discrimination in the workplace. Whether you are male or female, you have the right to hold your employer accountable for violations of Title VII and other state and city laws that protect workers. You may be entitled to recover a monetary award including back pay or that promotion or job that you lost.
Sex discrimination laws are complicated. The processes and procedures that must be followed to have a successful claim are strict. At Leeds Brown, our attorneys are adept at organizing, filing and proving sex discrimination cases. We can guide you toward a successful settlement or represent your interests in a court of law.
Our firm has decades of experience successfully handling employment discrimination claims for men and women on Long Island and across New York. We take a hands-on, team-based approach to all matters with a level of dedication and hard work that is unmatched in our field.
Contact Leeds Brown if you think you have been the victim of sex discrimination in the workplace. See for yourself how devoted Long Island discrimination attorneys can help enforce your employment rights. Call 1-800-585-4658 today.