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4 Reasons To Contact A Gender Discrimination Attorney

by Jamie Nichols

Since the 1960s, United States law at both the federal and state levels explicitly prohibits discrimination in the workplace, including on the basis of gender or sex. Sadly, however, discrimination still persists in many forms, some more obvious than others. If you are troubled by a certain gender-related incident at work or believe that you have been (or currently still are) the victim of discrimination because of your gender, it may be a good idea to contact a law firm that specializes in gender discrimination law. Below are just four reasons an attorney may take on your case.


United States law demands that companies abide by anti-discrimination laws from the very beginning of the hiring process, even before a particular role has been filled. This means that if you have proof, for example, of an interviewer asking questions that specifically screen for (and subsequently disqualify) candidates of one gender or another, you may have a valid case against the company. 


While the hiring process at a company may not explicitly discriminate on the basis of gender, the pay might tell a different story. It is not at all uncommon for a woman in a given workplace to suddenly find out — sometimes even in casual conversation — that she is being paid less money to do the same exact job as her male colleagues. A demonstrable gap in pay that can only be attributed to gender discrimination is good cause for a lawsuit.


Anybody who has been a part of office culture understands that equal pay doesn't necessarily translate to equality in other aspects of a job. You may notice, for instance, that promotions are frequently given out to employees of a certain gender, while simultaneously being denied to those of another. Even in situations where this happens once (and thus doesn't form a recurring pattern), it is a prime example of illegal discrimination.


If you are fired from your role at a company (or laid off or forced to resign), and you believe that this decision was made on the basis of gender, you may have good reason to file a discrimination claim. While these cases may be slightly harder to prove, they can be convincingly made, even without explicitly discriminatory statements made by people involved. Contact a lawyer who can fight on your behalf if you believe you have lost your job for no other reason than that of your gender.