You have the right to work in an environment that treats you fairly and equally, regardless of your gender, race or religion. These rights are laid out in the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and they are in place across all states. Unfortunately, many workers continue to experience discrimination in the workplace, both explicitly and subtly. One of the most common forms of discrimination in the workplace is gender discrimination.
Gender discrimination is considered to be any type of behavior directed toward a person on the basis of their gender that is unequal and unfair. This means that many acts could constitute gender discrimination. If you believe that you have been treated unfairly in the workplace because of your gender, you may be reluctant to take action because you are unsure of whether you have a claim. This is why it is important to be able to understand the law and recognize the types of behaviors that are unacceptable.
You have the right to equal pay
All workers have the right to equal pay for equal work, and gender should never be a determining factor in pay decisions. If you are suspicious that you are being paid less than workers based on gender even though you are performing the same work, you may want to raise this as a concern. It may be possible to gain some transparency around salaries of workers so that fairness can be restored. Legal action might be necessary if you believe that the pay disparity is the result of gender discrimination.
You have the right to equal working conditions
If you have been given unequal working conditions compared with a coworker of another gender, you may feel strongly that this is unfair. You may, for example, have been asked to work in a different office, or been asked to perform certain duties that you felt undermined your position and stereotyped your gender. It is important to always compare the way that coworkers of a different gender are treated with your personal experiences in the workplace.
If you are worried about taking action to raise concerns about gender discrimination, it is important to remember that when making a complaint, you will be legally protected from retaliation. You should not hesitate to take action to assert your rights in Missouri.