Even now, women continue to experience discrimination in the workforce, with lower pay and fewer opportunities when compared to male counterparts. Though it is illegal under federal and state laws, gender discrimination (which male workers can experience as well) continues to adversely impact careers. The “glass ceiling” of unfairness based on gender can present itself in numerous ways, including in the areas of:
- Hiring – when jobs are not given to qualified candidates because of their gender
- Compensation — when salaries for the same job are not equitable between genders
- Promotions — when individuals are passed over for promotions for which they are qualified
- Termination and layoffs —employees of one gender are treated unfavorably
If you are dealing with discrimination based on your gender, the experienced Minneapolis gender discrimination attorneys of Halunen Law can help you fight for your legal rights.
It is illegal for an employer to discriminate against a pregnant employee. Under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), certain employers must allow an employee to take up to 12 weeks off without risk of losing their job.
However, some companies may choose not to hire women of birthing age, while others make it difficult for a worker to take time off for childbirth, or give an employee less desirable projects upon her return to work. In some cases, wrongful termination occurs.
If you have been treated illegally by an employer because of pregnancy, our lawyers can represent you aggressively to right the wrong.
Sexual Orientation Discrimination
Just as discrimination occurs based on gender, race and disability, many GLBT people are discriminated against in the workplace because of their sexual orientation. At Halunen Law, we represent gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees who have been subject to:
- Bullying language, slurs or intimidation
- The denial of promotions or other opportunities
- A hostile work environment
- Wrongful termination
Sexual orientation is a protected class under Minnesota law, which means that you can sue an employer for discrimination based on sexual orientation just as you could if it were based on race or religion. Contact the Minnesota sexual orientation discrimination attorneys of Halunen Law to learn more.
One of our attorneys will be happy to answer your questions and help you understand what your legal rights are with regard to gender, pregnancy or sexual orientation. We offer a free, confidential consultation. Call 612-605-4098 or toll free at 866-523-8533 for assistance.