Gender Discrimination

Gender Discrimination occurs when you are treated less favorably than other employees in similar positions based on your sex. Examples of gender discrimination include:

  • Less pay for the same work
  • Being passed over for raises or promotions
  • Being told you have less chance of advancing or being promoted
  • Being given less favorable assignments

Whether discriminated against intentionally or unintentionally, when your employer discriminates based on your gender, the law has been violated and you may have grounds to sue.

Pregnancy discrimination is a specific type of gender discrimination affecting women who, as a result of becoming pregnant,  have been fired, denied promotions, or otherwise treated less favorably because they are pregnant.

Religious Discrimination

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from discriminating against employees because of their religion. Employers are also obligated to reasonably accommodate the employee’s religious practices unless doing so would place undue hardship on the business. Religious accommodation may include:

  • Flexible scheduling
  • Voluntary substitutions
  • Job reassignments
  • No scheduling assignments or selection activities that conflict with religious needs
  • No restrictive dress codes that violate religious practices
  • Allowing observances of a Sabbath or religious holiday

Undue hardship on an employer would be considered when more than ordinary administrative costs are necessary to accommodate a religious practice. There are various situations that ma fall under undue hardship. Another example would be if in order to accommodate a religious practice for one employee, the company seniority system was changed, but the change resulted in other employees being denied the job or sift preference to which they were entitled by the system.

Certain motivational programs such as a meditation or yoga may conflict with religious beliefs, and if the employee notifies the employer regarding the conflict the requirement must be dropped.

If you have reason to believe there are gender or religious discrimination issues at your workplace, our attorneys offer a free consultation. Please call our office at (208) 331-2100 to arrange an appointment.