At the conclusion, not only did I feel vindicated that there was a palpable outcome, but left with the confidence that the termination of my employment was not justified. Please consider this an unqualified endorsement of your services.

 

GENDER, PREGNANCY, OR SEXUAL ORIENTATION


SEX OR GENDER DISCRIMINATION

Under federal and state laws, employers are prohibited from discriminating on the basis of gender. For example, employers may not discriminate in decision making, including decisions regarding recruiting, hiring, job assignments, termination of employment, advancement, transfer, pay, benefits and all other terms and conditions of one’s employment.  The laws protect women and men from sex or gender-based discrimination.  The laws against sex or gender discrimination also include sexual harassment, equal pay and pregnancy discrimination. 

PREGNANCY DISCRIMINATION

The number of complaints of pregnancy discrimination has increased dramatically over the past several years.  Pregnancy discrimination is a form of sex discrimination. Under federal and state laws, employers are prohibited from discriminating against women on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.  Employers may not discriminate in hiring, provision of leave, benefits or other conditions of employment. Pregnant employees must be treated the same as other workers.

SEXUAL ORIENTATION DISCRIMINATION

Rhode Island and Massachusetts workplace discrimination laws protect employees from discrimination based upon the employee’s sexual orientation.  It is unlawful for an  employer to discriminate against an applicant or employee because the applicant or employee is gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.  Under Rhode Island law, it is also unlawful for an employer to discriminate against an applicant or employee because the employer perceives the applicant or employee to be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. 

It is also unlawful to retaliate against an employee for asserting their rights under state and federal laws prohibiting sex or gender discrimination, pregnancy discrimination or sexual orientation discrimination, such as Title VII, the Rhode Island Fair Employment Practices Act, the Massachusetts Fair Employment Practices Act, the Pregnancy Disability Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Rhode Island Parental and Family Medical Leave Act.

If you believe that you have suffered discrimination and/or if you have reported discrimination and believe that you have been retaliated against, you may contact the Law Office of Louise A. Herman for a free consultation.

 


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