Best Ohio Gender Discrimination Attorney Answer: Is it legal for my employer to tell me I can’t do a job because I’m female? What should I do if I got a bad performance review after I complained about gender discrimination? Can my boss consider my gender when deciding who to promote?
Spring training is almost here. I do not care about whether any groundhog has seen his shadow. When the equipment trucks leave for spring training, it means spring is aroung the corner. On snowy days like today, that means something to me. Speaking of baseball…
Ever hear the phrase, “he really knocked it out of the park“ in reference to when someone does something really well? The term likely comes from the sport of baseball and is meant to allude to hitting a home run so far that the ball goes out of the ball park. Frank Robinson is said to have done just that in long career. As a Baltimore Oriole, Robinson was the only player in history to have hit a homerun out of Memorial Park. For years, the stadium housed a flag that simply read, “Here” to identify the spot where the ball left the park.
During his career, Robinson racked up many notable awards, like being named MVP in both the National and American leagues. He won the Triple Crown and was part of two different teams that won World Series. He was elected in Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1982. During his career, Robinson had ties to Ohio. For instance, he started his rookie season with the Cincinnati Reds, managed the Cleveland Indians, and that pitch that he hit “outta the park” was delivered by a pitcher from the Cleveland Indians. When Robinson became a player/manager in 1970 for the Indians he was the first Black manager in Major League Baseball.
It’s hard to believe that such a notable athlete could be facing liability in a gender discrimination suit. But in a recently filed gender and national origin discrimination law suit, MLB executive Sylvia Lind has alleged just that. Lind claims that even though 40 percent of MLB players are not originally from the U.S., less than four percent of the league’s executive staff are Hispanic and only 23 percent are female.
Lind also claims that she was not given a fair chance at promotions because she is a Hispanic woman. Lind believes that she was passed over for the position of Director of Minor League Operations in 2012. Lind claims that commissioner, Bud Selig, promoted Robinson instead, despite the fact that she had seventeen years of experience working for the MLB, a formal education, and professional credentials that were superior to Robinson’s.
Prior to being promoted to her current position, Lind used to work directly under Robinson. Lind alleges that Robinson gave her biased performance reviews, and did not consider her for promotions. During her employment, Lind alleged that Robinson told her, “sometimes you have to hire a man because there are places women can’t go,” and, “sometimes it’s easier to hire a man because of what it is they’ll be dealing with.”
Even though Lind filed suit in New York, her situation is applicable to employees in Ohio. As we’ve blogged about discrimination at work before, Federal law contained in the provisions in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 are designed to prohibit gender discrimination in all fifty states. This includes behavior likely using gender as a consideration in decisions to promote, or scoring a female employee lower on a performance review based in part on her gender. Similarly, Ohio Revised Code § 4112.02(A) makes it an unlawful discriminatory practice for any employer to “discharge without just cause, to refuse to hire, or otherwise to discriminate against that person with respect to hire, tenure, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, or any matter directly or indirectly related to employment” based on gender.
If you feel that you are being discriminated based on your gender or sex, then call the right attorney. It is never appropriate to discriminate against female employees. Discrimination against women includes being harassed, fired, wrongfully terminated, discriminated against, demoted, wrongfully disciplined, denied a promotion, and denied wages or not receiving equal pay. When you call the right attorney to schedule a free and confidential consultation at 866-797-6040, you will meet with an attorney from Spitz, The Employee’s Law Firm to discuss wrongful discrimination claims and help you determine the best way to pursue your gender/sex discrimination claims.
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