People who would never sexually harass co-workers sometimes believe that it’s ok to sexually harass others if they are a client or customer of the business. Employment attorney Jack Tuckner describes the actions you should take if you’re being sexually harassed by a client or customer.
Know Your Rights: Equal treatment, equal potential
for promotion- that’s how the law reads
It is wrong – and illegal – under both New York and federal law to discriminate against an employee based upon sex or gender identification. This means that with respect to all important job aspects – such as promotions – an employer cannot treat one person differently than others based upon gender.
Proving Gender Discrimination – The Theories for Discrimination
In one case, a female executive, described by supporters as “authoritative” and “formidable,” was denied a partnership because several male partners described her as “macho” and suggested she take “a course at charm school.” She had been advised by another partner that in order to improve her chances for partnership she should “walk more femininely,” wear makeup, have her hair styled and wear jewelry.
Proving that an employer’s articulated criteria for advancement is inconsistently applied to men and women, and is therefore a pretext to discriminate on the basis of sex, still remains a daunting challenge for women in various corporate cultures. These discriminatory phenomena, as with all forms of discrimination, require that plaintiffs prove their cases under one of the four general theories of discrimination:
- Disparate treatment — for example, paying women less than men
- Policies or practices that perpetuate the effects of past discrimination — for example, a present day seniority system that was established at a time when overt discrimination against women was the custom and that is still causing adverse effects today
- Policies or practices, not justified by business necessity, causing an adverse impact on a protected group — for example, a selection system for promotion in a corporation by a team of male executives using subjective criteria, which result in eminently qualified females not being promoted
- Failure to make a “reasonable accommodation” for a qualified employee’s or applicant’s disability or religious observations and practices
If you believe you’re experiencing unfair treatment that stems from one of the categories of discrimination covered under the law, contact us now for a free, confidential consultation. And, remember, don’t quit!
For more information on how we help workers subjected to illegal sex discrimination, please see the following articles and information:
- Sexual Harassment: AM I a Victim, and What Can I do About It?
- What Can I Do if My Company Won’t Address My Sexual Harassment Complaint?
- Can I be Fired for Reporting Sexual Harassment?
- What Must A Company Do When A Sexual Harassment Claim is Made?
- How Should I Report Sexual Harassment at Work?
- What Should I Do if I’m Being Sexually Harassed at Work?
- Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Discrimination
- Sexual Harassment
- Pregnancy Discrimination
- Hostile Work Environment
- Retaliation Laws
- Do you have a sex discrimination case that’s valid and worth pursuing?
- Can 1099ers file discrimination claims in New York?
I just want to let any woman who works with this firm to know they will fight along side you. So long as you have the drive to fight for your rights as a woman in the workplace this firm will go to bat for you. Jack Tuckner is a great attorney and an advocate for women’s rights in the workplace. His staff is great and dedicated to helping women who feel their rights have been violated. These people are very admirable for what they do for women in the workplace.
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