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Fighting back against sex discrimination in the workplace

Despite state and federal laws banning discrimination and harassment in the workplace, Rhode Island workers may still face mistreatment while on the job. This is disheartening, and workers who experience any type of discrimination may be unsure of legal options and the most appropriate course of action. If you believe that you are a victim, it is not something that you must face alone.

Sex or gender discrimination is not only illegal, it could be grounds to take legal action against your employer. As a victim, you may find it beneficial to seek a full understanding of your rights, as well as how you should proceed as a person who experienced mistreatment on the base of your gender.

Various types of discrimination

Sex discrimination includes any type of mistreatment because a person's gender. This can include many different types of illegal and harmful behaviors, but you may be a victim if you experienced any of the following:

  • Passed over for a well-deserved promotion
  • Asked inappropriate questions during an interview
  • Made less money than a co-worker for the same work
  • Subjected to lewd jokes and inappropriate comments
  • Fired for no clear or legitimate reason
  • Did not receive the same benefits as other employees

The law clearly forbids this type of behavior, yet it continues to happen, and you may be a person who experienced this first hand. You may be embarrassed or unsure of what you should do, but you always have the right to know your legal options.

Harassment is a form of discrimination

Harassment on the basis of a person's gender is a form of discrimination. While harassment can encompass a wide range of behaviors, it often includes actions that include the following:

  • Requests for sexual favors
  • Inappropriate touching
  • Unwanted physical contact
  • Explicit jokes and inappropriate conversations

Offhand teasing is not illegal, and victims of harassment are often reluctant to reach out for help because they are not certain if what they experienced crossed the line.

What should I do if I think I am a victim?

As a victim, employers should never make you feel afraid to reach out for help or report illegal actions in the workplace. Whether you experienced harassment of discrimination from your actual employer or another co-worker, you can make it stop and seek compensation for any emotional duress you experienced.

It can be useful to seek an evaluation of your case first in order to have a better understanding of how you should move forward and hold liable parties accountable.

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