Combating Sexism: Michigan's Leading Gender Discrimination Attorney
Even though gender discrimination in the workplace has received significant media coverage in recent years, a recent survey by TNS Research indicates that 68 percent of women still believe their employers discriminate against workers based on gender. There are several laws which address workplace gender discrimination, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act.
These Laws and Others Require Employers to:
- Provide equal pay for equal work
- Eliminate policies which may unintentionally disadvantage women such as height restrictions or lifting requirements
- Guarantee equal treatment with respect to promotions, assignments, pay increases and related medical and financial benefits
Some of the most common workplace situations that can indicate gender discrimination are:
- Denial of pregnancy leave
- Denial of promotion into executive or management positions because women are not perceived as being strong or aggressive enough
- Targeting women for layoffs because they aren’t perceived as the primary “breadwinner” for their families
- Discriminatory hiring practices based on assumptions that certain jobs are only appropriate for a specific gender
- Sexual harassment
- Unequal pay for comparable work
- Denial of those benefits or sick leave to pregnant employees which are routinely granted to employees with other medical conditions
If you or a loved one has experienced sex or gender bias in the workplace, you need an experienced employment lawyer to fight for your rights. Pitt, McGehee, Palmer, Bonanni & Rivers opposes discrimination in all its forms, upholding equal treatment for all Michiganders. Our firm’s experts are ready and willing to discuss your gender discrimination concerns. We’ll work with you to protect your rights and ensure that you are compensated for any financial or emotional damages suffered as a result of your employer’s gender discrimination.
Are You a Victim of Gender Discrimination in Michigan?
Gender discrimination takes many forms, including:
- Hiring Bias - Your employer may be less willing to hire you for your gender. Even if they don't refuse to give you a job, they may expect you to have more qualifications than someone they would hire of a different gender. Employers may also pay you less or be slower to promote you based on your sex or gender.
- Hostile Behavior - Sexual harassment and other gendered behaviors may make you feel unsafe or uncomfortable in your workplace. For this reason, they are considered gender discrimination.
- Indirect Discrimination - Height restrictions, weight lifting requirements, and other employment conditions disproportionately limit women. This can qualify as discrimination even if your employer does not explicitly mention sex or gender.
- Pregnancy Restrictions - Pregnant women deserve the same benefits and time off as employees with similar medical and family needs. Denying these rights qualifies as discrimination against women.
Pitt, McGehee, Palmer, Bonanni & Rivers challenges these and all other forms of sex and gender discrimination. No matter how your sex or gender affected your opportunities, we will carefully document the evidence of bias and build a strong case that you should be compensated.
Equal Pay for Equal Work- How the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act Protects You
The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act allows you to challenge discrimination even if you were not aware that you were being discriminated against at first. It also lets you file a lawsuit within 180 days of your most recent paycheck that was affected by discrimination, rather than the first paycheck that was affected. This gives you more time to take action against a discriminatory employer and increases your chance of successfully challenging subtler forms of bias, which you may not notice at first.
LGBTQ Rights in Michigan
As in most states, LGBTQ rights are evolving rapidly in Michigan. State laws currently protect state government employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, but do not affect private sector employers. Many city governments, however, do ban discrimination against LGBTQ people; these include the governments of Detroit, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing, and Ann Arbor. Pitt, McGehee, Palmer, Bonanni & Rivers will examine employment laws in detail where you live and make sure your rights are being upheld.