Sex discrimination exists where an employer treats you, as an employee or applicant less favorably because of your sex.
Sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 generally exists where an employer treats you, as an employee or applicant less favorably because of your sex. Discrimination may also exist where an employer’s seemingly fair policies or procedures have a significant negative impact on employees or job applicants because of their sex.
Sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 also covers discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition.
Some examples of treatment that could be gender discrimination include:
- Not being hired, or being given a lower-paying position because of your sex (for example, when an employer refuses to hire women, or only hires women for certain jobs)
- Being held to different or higher standards, or being evaluated more harshly, because of your sex, or because you don’t act or present yourself in a way that conforms to traditional ideas of femininity or masculinity
- Being written up or disciplined for something that other employees of a different sex do all the time but never get punished.