Kentucky state and federal laws prohibit employers from discriminating on the basis of sex or gender. Gender or sex discrimination happens when an employer treats an employee unequally based on the fact that the employee is a woman or is a man. During all phases of the employment process, the policies and practices in the workplace should be equal between men and women, including matters involving hiring, compensation, layoffs, promotions, job training, working conditions, benefits, and other privileges. An employer cannot make employment decisions based on gender stereotypes and other assumptions about men and women. The Kentucky gender discrimination attorneys at Abney & McCarty know how difficult the decision to bring a discrimination claim against your employer can be and will help you understand all of your options and decide what is best for you.
Some examples of sex or gender discrimination can include:
- Refusing to hire or give promotions to someone based on gender
- Giving benefits to wives of male employees but not to husbands of employees who are women
- Paying a male employee more than a female coworker for a substantially similar position
- Refusing to hire or promote an employee because of his or her family responsibilities
- Comments such as “I’m concerned that she might be too emotional,” “We need people who are more rational,” “She is too unapproachable,” or “Her tone is too direct”
- Refusing to promote a woman because she is pregnant or intends to become pregnant
By law, men and women must receive equal pay for substantially equal jobs in the same company. Pay does not only refer to salary, but also includes benefits, bonuses, stock options, and overtime pay. If you are doing substantially equal work as someone else and are being paid less than a coworker of the opposite sex, you may have a legal claim for gender discrimination under this law.
If you believe you have been treated unequally in the workplace on the basis of gender, contact the attorneys at Abney & McCarty, PLLC online or call us at (502) 459-4108 to schedule a free consultation.