Employment discrimination can happen to anyone – regardless of what region of the country they live in, what type of job they have or their salary range. Employment discrimination doesn’t just affect those in lower paying – entry level jobs. Even high-powered, well-paid celebrities may be the affected by employment discrimination – underscoring the need for everyone to work together to raise awareness concerning unequal workplace treatment and the need to put an end to any unlawful discrimination. In fact, employment law news reports that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has begun an investigation over gender discrimination in Hollywood. The EEOC is specifically asking directors to speak with them about gender related issues they are facing in Hollywood, including the systemic failure to hire woman directors at all levels of the film and television industry.
According to statistics, with just 7% of the directors being women, this number falls far below the percentage of women in the general population.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from discriminating on the basis of sex (as well as race, color or national origin.) This means that an employer or company cannot take any form of adverse or negative action against you because of your gender, such as:
- Failing to hire
- Lay offs
While not necessarily conclusive, showing that one group or protected class is affected disproportionately by negative actions (such as a failure to hire) may help prove discrimination exists.
For more information or if you believe that you may have suffered some form of employment discrimination, please contact the experienced Atlanta employment discrimination lawyers at Buckley Bala Wilson Mew LLP for an immediate case evaluation.