Fighting Back Against Sexual Discrimination in the Workplace
Gender Bias • Unequal Pay • Hostile Work Environment • Pregnancy Discrimination
State and federal laws mandate that women be treated equally in every facet of employment, from hiring to pay and promotions. Women are also specifically protected from harassment, demeaning treatment or retaliation on the basis of their gender, pregnancy or marital status.
Although women have made great strides on many fronts, it remains in many ways a man's world. Some companies are still stuck in the 1950s. Sometimes gender discrimination is more subtle. Feldman Morgado, P.A., stands up for women who have suffered various forms of discriminatory treatment or adverse employment actions.
Protecting Your Interests. Enforcing Your Rights.
Our law firm has helped women across the Atlanta metro area and North Georgia demand their civil rights and hold employers accountable for damages for violating the law. Contact us today to explore your possible claims.
Atlanta Gender Discrimination Lawyer
We have brought successful lawsuits on behalf of women under federal legislation and parallel protections under Georgia statutes:
- The Civil Rights Act of 1964 specifically prohibited employment discrimination on the basis of sex in hiring, compensation, job assignments, discipline, promotions, layoffs or termination.
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act has also been interpreted to protect women from sexual harassment or gender bias that creates a hostile work environment.
- The Equal Pay Act of 1973 requires that men and women in the same workplace receive equal pay for equal or substantially equal work. The EPA and Title VII have been extended to "glass ceiling" barriers for women who are shut out from advancement in the workplace.
- The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 prohibits hiring discrimination, termination or any retaliation against women for becoming pregnant, for pregnancy-related absences or for taking maternity leave.
Gender discrimination takes many forms: exclusion from "men's work" occupations, unequal pay and fringe benefits, denied promotions, derogatory behavior toward women, unwanted sexual advances. All of these are actionable under federal and Georgia law.
Decatur Sexual Discrimination Lawyers
Feldman Morgado has litigated gender bias claims through the EEOC and the Georgia Human Relations Commission. We will help you document the abuses and file the claim, and follow through in state or federal court after the investigating agency issues a right-to-sue notice.
We will explain your options and pursue your desired remedy, whether it be a promotion or reinstatement, or whether you have left that employer and seek compensation for the lost earnings, front pay and emotional trauma. In Equal Pay Act claims, employers may be liable for liquidated damages (double the amount of wrongly deprived compensation). In other sex discrimination claims, employers may be required to pay attorney fees and court costs, as well as punitive damages for willful and egregious violations of the law.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with an experienced employment litigation attorney, please contact us for a free consultation. Managing shareholder Mitchell Feldman is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and oversees our Atlanta office.