You have protections against discrimination.

You have the right to protections against discrimination based on your sex. This means that an employer can’t discriminate against you because of your sex or because of stereotypes about your sex (e.g., how you look, dress, or act).

Employment discrimination may also occur when an employer’s seemingly fair policies or practices have a significant negative impact on people of a certain sex without demonstrating the policies or practices are job-related and consistent with business necessity. And discrimination can occur when you and the person who discriminated against you share a protected characteristic like sex.

You have the right to file a complaint or a Charge of Discrimination, participate in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit, engage in any protected equal employment opportunity (EEO) activity, or oppose harassment or discrimination without being retaliated against by your employer.

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We’re here to help.

We are committed to helping you understand your rights as a worker. Many questions about your rights may be answered by using the following elaws (Employment Laws Assistance for Workers and Small Businesses) Advisors:

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You generally have a right to protection from discrimination regardless of your immigration status, although, in some cases, immigration status may limit the remedies that you’ll be able to obtain.

What this means for you

Employers are not allowed to discriminate against you because of:

  • your sex or
  • medical information related to your sex.


Examples of discrimination

In general, this means that you cannot be:

  • fired,
  • rejected for a job or promotion,
  • given lesser assignments,
  • forced to take leave, or
  • otherwise disciplined

because of your sex.

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