Many people in today's society have grown up and entered the workforce with laws in place that were supposed to protect people from discrimination and biased decisions related to certain protected classes, like a person's race or religious beliefs. Sex is another factor that is supposed to be protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act that went into effect in 1964. Despite this law, too many residents in Indiana and around the nation have continued to experience discriminatory behaviors in the workplace.
With more media attention placed on gender equality in the workplace, it seems as though America should be advancing toward a more neutral workplace. Males and females should be treated fairly and equally. They should be given equal pay when they complete the same duties, and many people believe men and women are paid the same in all circumstances. Yet, gender discrimination still exists, and it shows in certain situations through how employees are paid by their employers.
When people think of sexual harassment, they often think of women as the victims. However, this is not always the case. Men are also victims of harassment at the workplace and more males have come forward to report this offense. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 7,609 people filed sexual harassment reports in 2018. Approximately 15.9% of those claims were filed by males, a substantial increase from the 11% of claims that were filed in 1997. This number is thought to be even higher, however, as some men are too embarrassed or ashamed to report these types of incidents.
Racial discrimination in the Indiana workplace could happen at any point during the relationship between employer and employee. Any time that an employer makes a decision based not on merit but on race, this constitutes a possible violation of federal and Indiana state law. This could even include offenses that happen before an employee is even hired.
As a woman making your living in Indiana, you are about twice as likely as your male colleagues to experience gender discrimination in your place of employment. At the Employment Law Office of John H. Haskin & Associates, LLC, we recognize the disparity between the number of men and women who experience this type of treatment on the job, and we have helped many women who fell victim to gender discrimination pursue appropriate recourse afterward.
Across the nation, including in Indiana, the nation continues to struggle at times with how to protect the rights of workers based on varying criteria. Since the 1960s, the Civil Rights Act has been invoked on multiple occasions to protect employees from unfair discrimination. It is specifically Title VII of that legislation that expressly prohibits employers from discriminating against people in specific identified protected classes.
The #MeToo movement has greatly raised awareness of sexual harassment and assault – both in and out of the workplace. Many people without firsthand experience of sexual misconduct are surprised at just how prevalent the problem is. Why, in 2019, would this behavior still be so common?