Tremendous progress has been made in the state of Massachusetts for the advancement of women’s rights in the workplace. Nevertheless, women in today’s workforce are still frequently subjected to workplace discrimination. Its no secret that women are more likely to be judged by their looks and how they dress than are their male counterparts. Qualified women may be passed over for promotions just because they are women, and promotions may be offered to a less qualified male applicant just because he is male. A lawsuit filed by a woman in another state is just one example of how women today are still discriminated against strictly because of gender.
The plaintiff is a former attorney who has filed a lawsuit based on claims of gender discrimination in the workplace. She claims she was passed over for raises and job promotions because of her sex. Allegedly, she was denied a raise and was told there was no money in the budget for raises. However, she claims raises were given to male counterparts. When she brought this to the attention of her superiors, her work was then overseen by a male employee.
The woman apparently reported these incidents to the human resources department. She asserts that she was then fired after expressing her concerns. Fortunately, there are laws in place that protect women from this type of discrimination.
Workplace discrimination is illegal in the United States and can have far-reaching consequences. Massachusetts residents who believe they have been discriminated against by an employer because of gender, race, age, disability or other unlawful reasons may benefit by seeking the assistance of an experienced employment law attorney. Monetary damages from a successfully litigated lawsuit could provide just compensation for any loss of income.
Source: heraldcourier.com, “Former attorney in AG office files discrimination lawsuit”, Nov. 29, 2016