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Workplace Gender Discrimination Legal Resources

Have you ever felt that you were denied a promotion for questionable reasons? Perhaps your employer or coworker has made a prejudiced comment to you based on your gender. If you believe that you have been the victim of gender discrimination in the workplace, don’t ignore it. There are a number of laws and policies that have been created to protect your rights as an employee, and you’re entitled to ensure that they’re being actively enforced. Whether you are seeking legal advice, want to research your options, or file a complaint, the following resources will help you know what your rights are and what your next steps should be.

This map illustrates the ratio of women’s and men’s annual median earnings for year-round, full-time workers. Figures calculated are based on the 2018 American Community Survey Data.

The data provided in our interactive map above shows that the gender wage gap is still substantially large between working men and women in the United States, even though it has been fifty-seven years since the U.S. passed the Equal Pay Act. This example clearly shows that gender equality in the workplace has yet to be achieved on a financial level, and is one aspect of gender discrimination that has a direct impact on individuals in every sector.

Equal Rights Advocates

This organization offers a Know Your Rights Guide to help individuals understand their legal options and rights if they are experiencing sexual harassment in the workplace.

Know Your Rights on Campus

Created by the AAUA, this resource provides access to the Legal Advocacy Fund information. It is designed for college students and staff members—such individuals are protected by federal, state, and local laws.

MySafeWorkplace

MySafeWorkplace is an anonymous reporting system that allows employees to report major concerns in their company’s workplace without sharing their name. The message is then communicated by the MySafeWorkplace to the company’s leadership.

Transgender Workplace Rights

Transgender and gender non-conforming individuals are protected by laws and policies intended to eliminate discrimination and harassment. This guide will help individuals check the protection laws and policies that currently cover the state they work in.

AFL-CIO: America’s Unions

This organization is dedicated to preventing harassment and other unwanted behaviors in the workplace through education and policy enforcement, and by helping to create workplace cultures that support all genders.

National Partnership for Women & Families

The mission of this organization is to “improve the lives of women and families by achieving equality for all women.” It is a national, non-profit, non-partisan organization that works to effectively change policy and culture in both the public and private sectors.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

A federal agency, the EEOC enforces all laws created for protected classes — religion, national origin, race, sex, age, disability and genetic information. Find facts sheets on your rights as a worker and/or contact the EEOC for a consultation.

Women Against Abuse

A resource for survivors and allies of sexual harassment in the workplace.

NSVRC

The mission of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center is to assist in responding and preventing sexual violence through “collaboration, sharing and creating resources, and promoting research.”

AC Online: Fighting Harassment at School and Work

This guide provided by Affordable Colleges Online offers strategies for employees and students to combat harassment at school and in the workplace.

NCBI Gender Inequalities in the Workplace

This article by the NCBI details the economic and psychological effects of “organizational structures, processes, practices and decision-makers’ sexism”.

Equal Rights Advocates

This organization offers a Know Your Rights Guide to help individuals understand their legal options and rights if they are experiencing sexual harassment in the workplace.

ACLU Women’s Rights Project

The ACLU can help individuals with everything from legal consultation to actually taking an issue to court. With affiliates in every state in the county, the ACLU is accessible to workers across the nation.

9to5

A National membership organization of working women in the U.S. who are committed to putting the issues of working women on the public agenda.

GenderStats

A database of gender statistics provided by the World Bank.

EEOC Facts About Sexual Harassment

This legal fact sheet is provided by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and is useful for individuals trying to determine if they have been the victim of sexual harassment in the workplace.

Morgan Stanley

This extensive data analysis created by Morgan Stanley’s Sustainable + Responsible Investment and Global Quantitative Research teams looks at gender-diverse companies globally and the economic impact they have.

The American Association of University Women (AAUW)

If you’re looking for information regarding the gender pay gap, visit the AAUW. It has a variety of fact sheets regarding gender inequality issues in the workplace, especially about the national issue of pay inequality.

The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC)

This organization is dedicated to creating fact sheets, reports, and other user-friendly materials for the public. They can assist with issues such as pregnancy discrimination, sexual harassment, fair work schedules, equal pay.

The National Employment Law Project (NELP)

If you are currently making minimum wage or lower, consulting with a lawyer can feel like a big financial challenge. NELP is ideal for lower-wage workers as they typically help with concerns such as minimum wage abuse for teenagers and new hires.

 

The employment lawyers of The Zoldan Law Group PLLC are dedicated to providing exceptional legal service to all clients, regardless of gender, race, age, or sexual orientation.