La Grange Gender Discrimination Lawyer

La Grange Gender Discrimination Lawyer

Misogyny, or a deeply-ingrained prejudice against women, makes gender discrimination cases difficult to deal with. Most employers acknowledge that things like racial discrimination are wrong, but gender discrimination is different. For example, a company may take a woman off an assembly line because the chemicals may harm her body, but that is the worker’s choice to make. Other times, gender discrimination is so subtle that no one notices it for years. So, it becomes deeply embedded in the company’s culture.

At the Law Office of Mitchell Kline, our La Grange gender discrimination lawyers take on employment discrimination in all its forms. For the last 30 years, we have had a vision of discrimination-free workplaces all throughout Cook County. Federal laws give us the tools to accomplish this mission, we have the tenacity to put these tools to work, and our clients have faith in us to make things happen.

Some Gender Discrimination Examples

Misogyny works both ways. Sometimes, women do not feel discriminated against. Other times, they feel the discrimination, but do not know what they can do about it. At the Law Office of Mitchell A. Kline, we provide assistance in both these areas. Some specific situations include:

  • Constant gender-based verbal harassment
  • Separating employees into categories based on gender (e.g. women are always “administrative assistants”) rather than skill
  • Different appearance standards for men and women (e.g. women must always wear dresses or skirts and men must always wear “business casual” attire)
  • Additional gender-based job duties, such as manual labor for men
  • Different disciplinary responses for men and women for basically the same infractions
  • Failing or refusing to hire or promote people of one gender or the other

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act applies to all situations like these that involve any measurable inequity.

To sustain a claim, the victim/plaintiff must make a prima facie case of discrimination. Then, the employer can rebut the discrimination allegations by providing a nondiscriminatory basis. For example, different appearance standards is a common gender discrimination situation in La Grange. The employer may claim that customers want women to look like women and men to look like men. That is a very shallow claim that normally does not hold up in court.

Procedural Issues in La Grange Gender Discrimination Claims

If there is gender discrimination in your workplace, your first move should be to speak with a La Grange gender discrimination lawyer. That is the best way to understand what rights you have, if any.

Next, take your concerns to the company’s Human Resources division. If the company quickly makes things right, that is usually the end of the matter.

However, mostly due to misogyny, a quick and favorable solution is often not possible. So, your next stop is the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. This federal agency is charged with enforcing Title VII and other employment laws. However, the EEOC has discretionary jurisdiction. It only takes cases that further its political agenda, are easy to win, and will yield big damages. Very few claims meet all three criteria.

Therefore, if the EEOC passes on your case, do not fret. Instead, reach out to a La Grange gender discrimination lawyer once again. If neither the company HR division nor the EEOC satisfactorily resolve your claim, leave it to the professionals at the Law Office of Mitchell A. Kline.

Rely on a Dedicated Lawyer

Gender discrimination in all its forms is against federal law. For a free consultation with an experienced employment law attorney in La Grange, contact the Law Office of Mitchell A. Kline. We do not charge upfront legal fees in these cases.