Gender discrimination (also known as sex discrimination) occurs when a women is treated less favorably in the workplace than her male peers.
It can occur in a wide variety of situations. For example:
- If a woman is not hired and a job is given to a male simply because of gender.
- If a woman is paid less than a male peer who does the same work.
- If a woman is fired because a manager wants to replace her with a male.
- If a woman is not promoted and a less qualified male gets the promotion.
When a woman is discriminated against in the workplace, there are several remedies available to her. Both Title VII and Texas Labor Code Chapter 21 prohibit discrimination against women in the workplace. These statutes award damages to a woman who can prove that she was treated disparately compared to a male in the workplace.
Unfortunately, pursuing these claims is not necessarily easy and a woman typically has a short time period to do so. Before a lawsuit can be filed on this type of claim, a woman must typically file a charge of discrimination with the EEOC or Texas Workforce Commission and allow this administrative process to proceed. Once that is done, a woman can sue and seek to prove that she was treated differently because of her sex.