What is Sex Discrimination?
Sex discrimination involves treating someone unfavorably because of their sex. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the Illinois Human Rights Act prohibits sex discrimination in employment.
The law forbids discrimination when it comes to any term or condition of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, and any other term or condition of employment.
LGBTQ Workers Protected
The United States Supreme Court ruled that illegal sex discrimination includes discrimination based on sexual orientation or transgender status.
What is Sex Discrimination Harassment?
It is unlawful to harass a person because of that person’s sex.
Harassment can include “sexual harassment” or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature.
To be illegal, the harassment needs to be severe and pervasive.
Although the law doesn’t prohibit isolated incidents, harassment is illegal when it is frequent or when a victim is demoted or discharged.
The harasser can be a supervisor, a coworker or someone who is not an employee like a customer.
Unlawful Employment Policies and Practices
An employment policy or practice can be illegal if it has a negative impact on the employment of people of a certain sex and is not job-related or necessary to the operation of the business.
Have you been mistreated at work based on your sex? Contact Jeff.