Sex Discrimination

Gender discrimination can take obvious or more subtle forms.  Employment decisions based on sex or gender is obviously unlawful.  Sexual harassment which gives rise to a hostile work environment is also unlawful.  In addition, gender stereotyping or treating a person differently because of the stereotypes associated with his or her gender can give rise to potential claims.  Employers should ensure that managers and supervisors are sensitive to these more subtle forms of sex discrimination and avoid situations where gender discrimination might be inferred.  For example, merely asking a potential candidate whether she has children can give rise to questions as to the motivations behind the question and should be avoided.  Hennessy Law can help employers sensitize managers and supervisors to these issues.

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