Kansas City Gender Discrimination Lawyer

Missouri Law Prohibits Gender Discrimination

Under state and federal laws, employers are prevented from making discriminatory decisions based on gender. This is often referred to as “sex” or “gender” discrimination

Employers also are required to maintain a workplace atmosphere that is free from discrimination and they are obligated to promptly address discrimination when it happens in the workplace.

Gender Discrimination Does Not Only Come From Management

Gender discrimination can take place in the workplace without it coming directly from a supervisor, upper management, or the owner. Actions of any employee within the company can result in gender discrimination or gender harassment.

Gender discrimination can happen in many different ways. Some of the most common forms of gender discrimination include:

  • Loss of promotion due to gender
  • Loss of job due to gender
  • Hostile work environment because of gender
  • Sexual harassment
  • Sexually hostile environment
  • Unfair wages based on gender
  • Pregnancy discrimination 
  • Maternity leave retaliation
  • Paternity leave retaliation

As an employee, you have the right to perform your job duties without harassment or discrimination based on your gender. 

If you have been discriminated against or harassed at work based on your gender, it is important to speak with a gender discrimination attorney. Contact the law office of Kevin A. Jones for a free and discreet consultation today.

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Gender Discrimination Can Happen To Anyone

It is very important to understand that sex discrimination can happen to anyone. It is a common misconception that women are the only people that experience sex discrimination in the workplace. This is simply not true. Anyone can be singled out and harassed or discriminated against because of their gender, whether a man or woman.

Discrimination is often defined as singling out a group of people based on a commonly held trait and treating those people differently than others. It is crucial to understand that discrimination does not have to mean that you are treating the singled out group unfairly or mean, just that you are treating them differently.

Discrimination can occur when you are trying to elevate one group over another, even if your intentions are good. Employers must treat all of their employees the same regardless of their gender.

Employers are obligated to have a workplace that is fair to all employees. Standards for job performance, pay rate, and overall expectations should be set by the business, and all employees should be evaluated accordingly. Paying one gender more per hour or not requiring one gender to complete as much work as the other because of physical demands is gender discrimination, and this is illegal.

If you believe that you are a victim of gender discrimination, you are encouraged to protect your rights and speak with gender discrimination lawyers Kansas City MO about your case. Let an attorney go over the facts about what is occurring in your workplace to see if it qualifies as a discrimination case.

For a free and confidential consultation, contact Kansas City gender discrimination attorney Kevin A. Jones.

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Sexual Harassment Is Considered Sex Discrimination

Sexual harassment is a form of gender discrimination. Sexual harassment is when someone in the workplace, such as a co-worker, manager, or even a customer, subjects you to unwelcome conduct that interferes with your job performance or creates an intimidating or abusive working environment based on your sex. It is a common misconception that sexual harassment requires you to show that the person harassing you is sexually attracted to you or wants some kind of romantic relationship. Not all sexual harassment is “sexual.” If you are being mistreated in a non-sexual way – whether through derogatory comments, unwarranted criticisms, unfair discipline, or other hostile behavior – that can still be considered “sexual” harassment if it is based on your gender.

Another common misconception is that sexual harassment must involve employees of two different genders. But sexual harassment can include sexual advances or other unwelcome conduct between two or more individuals of the same sex as well. Sexual harassment can also occur when a person is being harassed for their sexual preferences, personal sexual activities, or their choice to not participate in the same sexual preferences or activities as others in their workspace.

Sexual harassment can occur through words or actions. If you feel that you are in a hostile work environment based on your gender, it is time to speak with a sex discrimination attorney. You have very specific rights under state and federal laws not to be discriminated against or harassed in any way based on your gender.

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Your Employer Must Provide A Discrimination Free Work Environment

The law requires employers to maintain a work environment that is free from harassment or discrimination based on gender. At a minimum, employers should have a written policy prohibiting gender discrimination and provide regular training on that policy to make sure that it is understood. Additionally, employers must not just pay lip service to their policy. When gender discrimination rears its ugly head in the workplace, employers must take prompt and immediate action to stop the discrimination and fix the problem. Employers must not make matters worse by retaliating against employees who report gender discrimiantion. 

These are some measures your employer should take to avoid gender discrimination in the workplace:

  • Establishing a base pay for a position based on experience. This guarantees that everyone who starts that position with the required experience will be paid the exact same, regardless of gender.
  • Establishing a set percentage for wage increases. When you have percentages in place, raises given for performance or time on the job will be equal for all employees.
  • Refrain from discriminatory hiring practices. Hiring based on experience, education, and overall recommendations should be a priority, not the gender of the applicant.
  • Have rules in place for your business about actions that will be taken if gender discrimination or sexual harassment occurs among employees.
  • Follow through on all claims for harassment so that employees know that you are serious about keeping your workplace free from this type of behavior.
  • If sexual harassment or gender discrimination is taking place, take immediate action to stop the problem.

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Get Help From a Gender Discrimination Attorney in Kansas City

One of the main reasons that gender discrimination and sexual harassment continue in the workplace today is because many people feel too embarrassed to speak up about what is happening to them at work. It can be very embarrassing to have to talk about what someone is doing or saying to you at work. It can also make you feel helpless.

We understand.

Working as a sex discrimination lawyer has shown us how bad these situations can make a person feel. We know that what seems harmless to one person is, in fact, devastating to another. We have seen people walk away from their careers because of the pain they are experiencing due to gender discrimination. 

Our compassionate attorney is not here to judge you for what is happening to you. We are here to protect your rights and to aggressively represent your discrimination case. We believe that everyone should have the right to work without being discriminated against or harassed, and we stand by our beliefs by protecting our client’s rights.

If you have been placed in a position at your workplace to feel discriminated against or harassed because of your gender, we highly encourage you to contact us for a free and confidential consultation. We will do everything that we can to fight against this discrimination and bring you the justice you deserve. Contact the Law Office of Kevin A. Jones today

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Gender Discrimination

Men and women must be treated equally in the workplace. If you are being held to a different standard than the opposite sex, you should speak with a Kansas City gender discrimination attorney.

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Racial Discrimination

Race and skin color should be non-factors in any employment decisions. If your employer allows race discrimination in the workplace, a Kansas City discrimination lawyer can set things right.

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Age Discrimination

Age discrimination is against the law in Missouri. Don’t let false stereotypes and ageist beliefs cut your career short. Talk to a Kansas City employment discrimination lawyer.

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Workplace Retaliation

Missouri employment laws prohibit retaliation for speaking up about discrimination and harassment. If you experienced this kind of behavior, speak to a Kansas City retaliation lawyer.

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Whistleblower Retaliation

You should not be punished for reporting illegal behavior or activity. It is the right thing to do. If you were punished reporting wrongdoing, let a Kansas City whistleblower lawyer help.

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Workers Compensation Retaliation

Injured workers shouldn’t lose their job because they reported a work injury. If you need someone to back you up, call a Kansas City worker’s compensation retaliation lawyer.

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