Sex/Gender Discrimination Lawyers Based in Miami-Dade County
Sex/Gender discrimination in the workplace happens when an employer treats applicants or employees differently or less favorably based on their sex or gender. There are federal, state, and local laws that prohibit this type of discrimination. Under federal law, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”), and under state law, the Florida Civil Rights Act (“FCRA”), which apply to employers with 15 or more employees, employers cannot discriminate against applicants or employees because of their gender. In Miami-Dade County, for example, similar protections apply to employers that have 5 or more employees.
The protections under federal, state, and local laws extend to all aspects of employment for employees and applicants, including hiring, pay, training, promotion, job assignments, discipline, layoff, and termination. Claims of gender discrimination may be proven based on direct or circumstantial evidence. Some examples of direct evidence include a manager’s remark that a female employee is being terminated “because this job is not for a woman” or an interviewer’s comment that he “won’t hire women because they are too emotional.”
Most cases are proven through the circumstantial evidence analysis, which means that an employer that treats employees of a certain sex/gender more favorably than employees of the opposite sex/gender, may face a claim of discrimination. For instance, an employer terminates a female employee for a work rule infraction, but does not terminate a male employee in the same position who commits the same infraction. Ultimately, whether legal grounds exist to support a sex/gender discrimination claim depends on the facts of each particular case.
Lawyers from BT Law Group have extensive experience advising clients about, and litigating, claims of sex/gender discrimination under Title VII, the FCRA, as well as local ordinances. If you believe you have been discriminated against because of your sex/gender, please contact the attorneys at BT Law Group for a consultation.