Our Firm Advocates for Workers Subjected to Gender Discrimination

Know how the laws protect your rights against gender inequality in the Florida workplace

Pfeffer & Associates has advocated for equal rights in the workplace for almost 30 years. Based in Jupiter, our law firm takes on challenging cases involving gender discrimination and sexual harassment in businesses throughout South Florida. After reviewing your circumstances, we give you straightforward counsel on the merits of your claim and we suggest the steps you should take to preserve your rights. If appropriate in your case, we take decisive action to stop the harassing behavior and to recover the compensation you are entitled to.

Victims and perpetrators of gender discrimination and harassment

Although the stereotype is that a man discriminates against a woman in an employment discrimination case, this is not always the scenario. Both men and women can be victims of gender discrimination and harassment. Likewise, either a man or a woman may create a hostile work environment, make unwanted sexual advances or engage in discriminatory employment practices. The victim and perpetrator may also be of the same or opposite genders and of the same or different sexual orientations.

Discriminatory employment practices

Gender discrimination is prohibited under the Florida Civil Rights Act and various federal laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA) and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA). These provisions forbid gender discrimination in any aspect of employment or recruitment, including:

  • Hiring decisions
  • Job postings that discourage applications by women or men
  • Promotions
  • Assignments or projects
  • Fringe benefits
  • Wages
  • Conditions of employment
  • Termination
  • Refusal to make reasonable accommodations for pregnancy

Sexual harassment is a form of gender discrimination and is considered illegal under state and federal statutes. Harassment may involve unwanted sexual advances, a hostile work environment or severe conduct that results in an adverse employment outcome.

Your harasser may be your boss, a supervisor in another division, your coworkers or a client or a vendor of your company. A primary element of your claim is that you did not want the conditions. To establish the unwanted nature of the harassment, you should report your grievances through the protocol outlined in your employment handbook. If you are uncertain about how to report the offensive conduct, our lawyers can guide you through this process and make sure your rights and privacy are respected.

Learn how the law protects you from gender discrimination and sexual harassment in the South Florida workplace

Hold your employer accountable for the sexual harassment or gender discrimination you endured in your job. Call Pfeffer & Associates at 561-745-8011 or contact us online to schedule a consultation. Our Jupiter office handles all of our employment rights cases on a contingency fee basis.

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