PHILADELPHIA SEX AND GENDER DISCRIMINATION LAWYERS
Sex or gender discrimination is treating a job applicant or an employee differently solely because the individual is a woman or a man. The law covering sex or gender discrimination encompasses a broad array of issues that employees may encounter in the workplace, including sexual harassment, equal pay, the “glass ceiling” phenomenon, pregnancy discrimination, and marital or parental status discrimination.
The law requires equal treatment, policies, standards and practices for females and males in all phases of the employment process, including recruiting, hiring, firing, placement, promotion, advancement or work opportunity, job training, job assignment, working conditions, compensation, benefits, layoffs, and other term, condition, or privilege of employment.
The law forbids employment decisions based on stereotypes, assumptions about abilities, traits, or the performance of individuals on the basis of sex or gender. Although the use of the terms “sex” and “gender” are often interchangeable, sex discrimination refers to discrimination based on an individuals biological identity as male or female while gender discrimination refers to discrimination based on characteristics of an individual that are culturally associated with “masculinity” or “femininity.” The law prohibits employers from discriminating against individuals based on sex, gender, or both.