The impact of sex-based discrimination in the workplace

On Behalf of | Jan 21, 2023 | employment law |

When an employee goes to work, that individual has the right to assume he or she will receive fair and appropriate treatment while in the workplace. Unfortunately, that does not always happen, and some North Carolina workers can experience unfair behaviors from others. Sex-based discrimination is and victims of this may be unsure of how they can make the treatment stop and move forward.

What is sex-based discrimination?

Sex-based discrimination is the unfavorable treatment of an individual based on his or her gender. This type of discrimination can happen at every stage of the employment process, including during the hiring process, training and more. Over time, discriminatory treatment of any kind can result in the development of a hostile work environment, impacting an employee’s mental and emotional health.

This means that a deserving employee may not receive a promotion, or a qualified applicant may not get a job due to the fact that he or she is a specific gender. Those who experience this may be unsure of what to do next. Some fear retaliation from employers, which is also illegal and unacceptable.

What can victims do?

Those who experience sex-based discrimination at work do not have to remain silent. Victims may have grounds to take legal action against their employers, but they do not have to do this alone. It will be helpful to work with an experienced North Carolina employment law attorney to understand the specific legal options available and the most appropriate course of action.