What are my rights if I was told that I would not get an interview due to the fact I am female?

I am looking for a job. I was told on the phone yesterday that I was not being considered due to the fact I was female. Posted to their facebook page last night,

Asked on May 4, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Ohio


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

You could take a print-out or screen capture of their facebook post to the federal EEOC or you state equal/civil rights agency and bring a claim for illegal sexual discrimination: an employer may NOT refuse to consider or hire women because it is concerned they may be sexually harassed. (If the company is worried about sexual harassment, it should have a strong anti-harassment policy, make that policy known to all employees, investigate alleged harassment, and take action against harassers when their harassment can be proven or established). It is sexual discrimination to not hire women because they are women, just as it is discrimination or harassment to effectively let harassers harasss and punish female employees or applicants for being female.

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