Gender Discrimination: We Can Represent You In Litigation Or ADR
Davis & Davis, P.C., handles Massachusetts gender discrimination claims for both employees and employers. The firm is very experienced practicing before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and the Massachusetts state courts, as well as alternative dispute resolution forums in Massachusetts. We are always ready to consult with employees or employers facing a gender discrimination lawsuit.
Today there are few employers who overtly distinguish between employees on the basis of gender. Most cases of gender discrimination must be proven using circumstantial evidence, to indirectly demonstrate the intentions of the employer or the effects of the employer’s policies. Gender discrimination may appear in the workplace through sexual stereotyping, the implementation of dress codes or grooming codes or “sex-plus” policies.
“Sex-plus” discrimination is the practice of making decisions based on differentiations between employees within the same gender because of an additional “plus” characteristic. Examples include discriminatory practices affecting members of a gender on the basis of pregnancy, marital status, parenthood, appearance or other characteristics.
State law and federal law both prohibit gender discrimination.
- The Massachusetts Fair Employment Practices Act, contained in the Massachusetts General Laws, makes it illegal to discriminate on the basis of sex in the hiring, firing, compensation or other terms or conditions of employment. G.L. c. 151B, §4(1).
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is similar to Massachusetts law. 42 U.S.C. § 2000e.
Massachusetts and the federal government have also enacted equal pay acts which offer protection in addition to the laws prohibiting gender discrimination generally. 29 U.S.C. §§ 206(d), 216; G.L. c. 149, §105A. Each of these laws has different requirements which a plaintiff must meet to establish a valid claim, but they share a common purpose.
Contact Us Whether You Are An Employee Or Employer
As a law firm that represents both the sides, we know how to effectively resolve discrimination claims. Call our law firm in North Reading at 978-276-9051 to schedule a meeting with an attorney. You may also mail us your information, and a lawyer will contact you.