Ohio Employment Discrimination Lawyer Serving Clients with Gender Discrimination Claims throughout Columbus
If you believe you have been treated differently at your place of employment—or were denied employment after filing a job application or interviewing—on the basis of sex or gender, then you may be able to file a gender discrimination claim. Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as well as under the Ohio Revised Code 4112.02, discrimination based on an employee’s sex or gender is unlawful.
There are many forms that sex and gender-based discrimination can take. If you have questions about filing a claim or want to learn more about whether your experiences might constitute sex discrimination or gender discrimination at work, an experienced Columbus gender discrimination attorney can help with your case. The dedicated advocates at Marshall Forman & Schlein, LLC have years of experience handling a wide variety of employment discrimination claims throughout the Columbus area.
What is Gender Discrimination in the Ohio Workplace?
Generally speaking, the laws that prohibit sex and gender discrimination in the workplace tend to use the term “sex discrimination,” although many people use the terms interchangeably. Sex discrimination, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), “involves treating someone (an applicant or an employee) unfavorably because of that person’s sex.” For example, an employer might treat an employee different because she is female.
When we talk about gender discrimination, we often mean sex discrimination—someone who has faced discrimination or other adverse actions at work as a result of being female or male. Gender, unlike sex, is more of a social construct, and it is the term we use to refer to someone being a woman or being a man—the way in which we identify our gender. Sex and gender discrimination can exist in any of the following situations related to employment:
- Applying for a job;
- Getting hired for a job;
- Getting fired from a job;
- Specific job assignments;
- Whether or not you are promoted;
- Whether or not you face layoff;
- Training for which your employer says you are eligible;
- Fringe benefits for which your employer says you may be eligible;
- Pregnancy discrimination;
- Sexual harassment on the job;
- Equal pay matters; and
- Other conditions of employment.
How Do I File a Gender Discrimination Claim in Columbus, Ohio?
Sex and gender discrimination are unlawful under both federal and state law. As we mentioned above, if you decide to file a federal claim, you will:
- File under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; and
- You will need to file your claim with the EEOC.
If you decide to file a claim under Ohio state law, you will:
- File under the Ohio Revised Code 4112.02; and
- You will need to file your claim with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC).
There are distinct time limits associated with federal and state claims. Determining where to file your claim is a complicated one, and it is important to speak with an Ohio gender discrimination attorney as soon as possible to ensure that you file your claim in a timely manner.
Seek Advice from a Columbus Gender Discrimination Attorney
Did an employer refuse to hire you because you are a woman? Do you suspect that your current employer treated you differently because or are female or because you identify as a woman? You may be able to file a gender discrimination claim. An experienced Columbus gender discrimination lawyer can speak with you today about your case. Contact Marshall Forman & Schlein, LLC to learn more about the services we provide and about our commitment to the Columbus community.