What are my rights if I feel discriminated at work because I am a woman?

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What are my rights if I feel discriminated at work because I am a woman?

I am a Warehouse Manager for a distribution company, yet I am not considered for any decision making or my opinion is not considered when it comes to decisions in my department. I am always the last to find out about any decisions that have been made. And these decisions are made by men in the company and others who have nothing to do in my department. I had a male assistant and any matters that had to do with the warehouse, where taken to him and I was again left out. My assistant no longer works for me but I am still being left out of all warehouse affairs.

Asked on December 30, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Illinois

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

An employer may not discrminate against women in their jobs. There are, of course, valid reasons to sometimes give a female employee less authority or input, or a lesser role, for example, then male employees, but those are the same reasons to give any employee A less authority, etc. than employee B: less time in service, less experience, lacks credentials, etc. If those or similar issues do not exist here and it seems that the only reason for the differential treatment is your gender, that may well be illegal gender-based discrimination, and you may have a legal claim. If you feel this is the case, you may wish to contact your state equal/civil rights agency or the federal EEOC to file a complaint.


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