Males and females in the workplace should be subject to the same policies, standards and practices in all phases of the employment process. Employers are prohibited from making decisions based upon stereotypes, presumptions about abilities, traits or the performance of individuals on the basis of sex or gender.

Gender discrimination occurs when an employer treats an employee or prospective employee differently solely because the individual is a woman or a man. The laws against sex or gender discrimination cover a number of issues that employees may face in the workplace, such as sexual harassment, difficulties with equal pay, the existence of a "glass ceiling" that prevents women from being promoted to high-level positions in a company, pregnancy discrimination and marital or parental status discrimination.

From the law office of Adam M. Porter in Birmingham, Alabama, I advocate on behalf of individuals who are being discriminated against at work because of their sex or gender.

Although the terms "sex discrimination" and "gender discrimination" are often used interchangeably, there is a difference. "Sex discrimination" refers to discrimination based on an individual's 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 forbids employers from discriminating against individuals based on sex, gender or both.

An Alabama Gender Discrimination Lawyer Who Can Fight For You

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is designed to protect employees from being discriminated against on the basis of gender, along with protections against discrimination based on race, religion, and national origin. The law also stipulates that it is illegal to retaliate against any worker who opposes these illegal employment practices.

In order to successfully pursue a lawsuit against an employer for sex or gender discrimination, it is important to follow specific steps in reporting it and meet certain deadlines. I am a Birmingham gender discrimination attorney who has a thorough understanding of discrimination laws, and more than 25 years of experience advocating on behalf of people who have faced all manners of discrimination and harassment in the workplace.

If you feel you've been the victim of sex or gender discrimination, email me or call 205-588-2261 to learn more about your legal rights and options.