Gender / Sex Discrimination
St. Louis & Jefferson City Gender / Sex Discrimination Lawyers
The gender discrimination lawyers at Dashtaki Law Firm exclusively represent employees in claims involving gender discrimination. Located in St. Louis and Jefferson City, Missouri, the attorneys at Dashtaki Law Firm have extensive experience protecting the rights of individuals who have been discriminated against because of their gender. When you need a gender discrimination lawyer to fight for you, the attorneys at Dashtaki Law Firm stand ready to protect your rights and assist you with any gender discrimination issue.
Discrimination against an employee because of their gender or sex is illegal in Missouri. Also known as sex discrimination, gender discrimination is defined as treating a person unfavorably because of his or her sex. In the workplace, this may occur, for example, when a woman is refused a promotion in favor of a less qualified male colleague.
The Law in Missouri is Clear: Gender Discrimination is Illegal
Under Missouri law, it is unlawful for an employer to discriminate against you because of your gender in regard to:
- Compensation and benefits
- Promotions and demotions
- Job assignments and training
- Employee training
- Wrongful termination
Types of gender/sex discrimination include:
Gender Based Harassment/Hostile Work Environment
Gender based harassment or hostile work environment is prohibited under Missouri and federal laws. It does not involve explicit sexual behavior. This type of harassment includes derogatory comments, gender “jokes”, slurs and negative stereotyping of men or women, directed at a female or male employee. It may include denigrating or hostile written material about men or women posted or circulated in the workplace. Gender harassment is comparable to harassment based on race.
Harassment or creating a hostile environment would mean the conduct is unwelcome and offensive, and has to be severe or pervasive. Missouri employers are required to take appropriate steps to prevent and correct unlawful harassment and discrimination. If it is severe or pervasive enough to create an abusive working environment, then it can violate the law. If you feel that you have been the victim of discrimination based on your gender or sex, contact an experienced Missouri gender discrimination lawyer immediately to understand your legal rights because you have a very limited time to take action, as any delay may cause you to lose your rights.
Treating pregnant employees differently is prohibited under Missouri and the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA). This includes discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, maternity leave and related medical conditions.
For example, female employees often are not promoted because employers fear they will get pregnant and leave. Pregnancy discrimination also may occur when female employees are terminated when an employer learns that they are pregnant and will be taking their legally authorized maternity leave.
Pregnancy discrimination is particularly devastating to single-mothers and families who rely on their employers for health insurance. Often, female employees are left without proper medical care during their pregnancy because they were terminated solely because of their maternity.
Through our pregnancy discrimination practice, the Dashtaki Law Firm vigorously defends the rights and protections to which female employees are entitled, serving as their counsel and advocates so they may work free from discrimination.
Women who are discriminated against for becoming pregnant or requesting pregnancy leave may be entitled to damages for lost wages, emotional distress and more. If you have been discriminated against, we can help. If you feel that you have been the victim of discrimination based on your pregnancy, contact an experienced Missouri pregnancy discrimination attorney immediately to understand your legal rights because you have a very limited time to take action, as any delay may cause you to lose your rights.
Equal pay for equal work in the same establishment is the law in Missouri. Under Missouri and the federal Equal Pay Act, an employer must compensate employees without regard to their gender. All forms of compensation are covered, including:
- Overtime pay
- Life insurance
- Stock options
- Profit sharing and bonus plans
- Vacation and holiday pay
- Expense accounts
- Reimbursement for travel expenses
- and other benefits
Under Missouri law, courts look at the skill, effort, responsibility, working conditions and establishment of the job to determine if an employer can pay an employee differently. Pay differentials are permitted only when they are based on seniority, merit, quantity or quality of production, or a factor other than gender/sex
Determining whether you have a claim for gender discrimination requires the assistance of an experienced Missouri employment discrimination lawyer on your side. The gender discrimination lawyers at Dashtaki Law Firm know the law, understand the legal system and are determined to get results for our clients. At Dashtaki Law Firm, we exclusively represent employees and protect their rights. When those rights are violated, victims of gender discrimination are entitled to redress and compensation. If you, or someone you know, are the victim of gender discrimination, please contact the attorneys at Dashtaki Law Firm today.
Contact an experienced gender discrimination lawyer today
Gender discrimination cases can be highly complex, so it is essential to speak with an experienced Missouri gender discrimination lawyer immediately. If you have been discriminated against, we can help. The gender discrimination attorneys at Dashtaki Law Firm will support you through the process and offer choices to protect your rights. If you have been the victim of gender discrimination, pregnancy discrimination or compensation discrimination, contact an experienced Missouri gender discrimination attorney immediately to understand your legal rights because you have a very limited time to take action, as any delay may cause you to lose your rights.
The Dashtaki Law Firm offers a free and confidential initial consultation to review your case. Contact the lawyers at Dashtaki Law Firm today so that we can begin our investigation.
The gender / sex discrimination attorneys at Dashtaki Law Firm, LLC, serve clients throughout Missouri, including St. Louis City, St. Louis County, Jefferson County, St. Charles County, Franklin County, Cole County, Boone County, Camden County, Callaway County, Osage County, Moniteau County, Miller County, Morgan County, Warren County, Jefferson City, Columbia, Lake of the Ozarks, Osage Beach, Camdenton, Fulton, Linn, Tipton and California, MO.