Workplace discriminationWorkplace discrimination occurs when an adverse action is taken against an employee or potential employee based on the employee’s gender or sex. Discriminatory actions may include:
- Discriminatory comments or jokes
- Segregation of a particular class from other classes such as only males work at a management level or higher, or gay employees work in cubicles near each other and away from employees who are not gay.
- Promotions, demotions, and compensation discrepancies between different classes of people even though they are similarly educated and qualified.
- Unequal benefits based on sex or gender such as providing more comprehensive health insurance to males so that they may insure their families.
- Misconduct or harassment permitted for a particular class of people such as employers permitting heterosexual males to harass and make jokes about female or gay employees.
- Gender or sex-stereotyping in workplace decisions that are based on stereotypes such as promoting a male over a female because she might get pregnant and not be able to work as hard as a man.
- Hostile work environments for a particular class of employees.
- Disparate treatment or impact such as a workplace policy that has a disparate impact against gay people or company wide layoffs that result in only women losing their jobs.