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What Is Gender Discrimination in Employment?


Discrimination based on gender is illegal under both Florida and federal law. Yet many female workers continue to earn less than their male counterparts or face other types of discrimination.

Learn more about gender discrimination and the rights of workers in Florida.

What Is Gender Discrimination?

Gender discrimination is discrimination based on a person's sex. It can affect men and women in the workplace, but it most often affects women.

Gender discrimination in employment is illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It is also illegal under the Florida Civil Rights Act. Both the federal and Florida gender discrimination laws apply to employers with 15 or more employees.

Gender discrimination can take many forms. Here are just a few examples.

  • A pattern of not hiring female workers
  • Unequal pay for male and female workers doing the same job
  • Unequal promotion opportunities for men and women
  • Harassment based on sex
  • Pregnancy discrimination
  • Targeting female workers in job terminations
  • Targeting female workers for negative performance reviews or discipline
  • Denying training opportunities based on a worker's sex
  • Retaliation for complaining of gender discrimination or supporting another employee's claim

The distinctions between legal actions an employer may take and illegal gender discrimination can be subtle. If you think you are be a victim of gender discrimination, it's important to seek legal advice from and experienced employment law attorney.

Victims of gender discrimination can seek compensation and other remedies.

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