Sexual Discrimination in Employment
Equal employment opportunity is critical to gender equality, but workers still experience sex discrimination at work in both obvious and indirect ways. For example:
- An employer tolerates sexual conduct or gender-based animosity that creates a hostile work environment
- A pregnant worker is fired or otherwise penalized for becoming pregnant
- A pregnant worker is forced to take leave because her employer won’t modify job duties that might be dangerous during pregnancy
- A breastfeeding worker is denied a clean, private place to pump milk at work
- An employee is penalized for having family obligations, such as caring for children or a seriously ill family member
- An employer gives birth parents more family leave than their partners, or refuse to give non-birth parents any family leave
- An employer shuts women out of strenuous jobs – such as law enforcement or firefighting – by using poorly-designed tests of physical strength or agility
- A woman is paid less than a male colleague doing the same job, or is steered by the employer into a lower-paying job, while it steers men into higher-wage positions.
If you have experienced any of these forms of discrimination, we want to hear from you, and may be able to help. Please take a few minutes to tell us your story.