Sexual Harassment and Sex Discrimination

You're a woman who works as hard and as well as anyone in your department. Yet your department feels like an "old boys' club." The men socialize together, go to sporting events together, and go out for drinks together after work, and the women are not included. The women in your department are tolerated, but not taken seriously. The better business opportunities seem to be directed to the men, giving them better chances for success.

Men who are doing work similar to yours are getting paid more than you. Despite your excellent experience and work, men keep getting promoted ahead of you. A coworker or a supervisor may have made unwelcome sexual advances toward you, asking you out repeatedly, trying to create an uncomfortable personal relationship in the work setting. You are concerned that your rejection of those advances may hurt your career with the company. You fear that if you don't participate in unwelcome flirtation you will be disadvantaged at work.

If you are experiencing any of these situations, you may be the victim of illegal sex discrimination. Your company may not treat one employee better than another because his or her sex. Men and women at work must be judged based on their performance, and may not be given fewer chances for success because of their sex. Men and women doing equal work requiring similar skill, effort, and responsibility must be paid the same. Unwelcome sexual advances are not permitted, and there can be no retaliation for rejecting unwelcome sexual advances.

If you are being mistreated in any of these ways, you may have a claim for illegal sex discrimination. Thorman Petrov Group can help. The firm has successfully represented victims of sex discrimination, including obtaining a seven-figure judgment in September 2003 in a gender discrimination claim against the City of Ashtabula. Call us so that we can help determine whether your company or anyone there is acting illegally, and what can be done to remedy the situation.