Are you a victim of sexual discrimination?

The mistreatment of someone on the basis of his or her gender is inappropriate, and in many cases, illegal. Those who experience this type of behavior may feel ashamed, angry and unsure of what to do next, and victims of sexual discrimination will benefit from an understanding of their rights. This discrimination can happen in New Mexico workplaces, prisons, schools, housing processes and in various other situations.

If you believe that you are a victim, you do not have to remain silent. You have the right to pursue recourse, including seeking compensation through a civil claim. The effects of sex discrimination can include financial loss, emotional duress, mental trauma and more. Your recovery may include both recuperation of your financial losses, as well as damages for any non-economic damages you suffered as well.

An explanation of sexual discrimination

Discrimination on the basis of someone’s gender includes any mistreatment or unequal treatment for that reason. In the workplace, sexual discrimination may include harassment, unequal pay scales for men and women, or using gender as a deciding factor in decisions related to hiring, firing or promotions. Sexual harassment in the workplace can include unwanted sexual advances, physical contact, inappropriate comments and other conduct of a sexual nature that interferes with an employee’s ability to do his or her job.

All employees have the right to work in an environment that is free from harassing, demeaning or inappropriate conduct from others. It is illegal for an employer to act in a discriminatory manner against someone on the basis of his or her gender, and it is also illegal for an employer to allow the development or continuation of a hostile work environment. Employees who are suffering because of this type of behavior have the right to take steps that will both make the discriminatory treatment stop and hold the responsible parties accountable.

The next steps for you

Victims of sexual harassment may benefit from an explanation of the legal options available to them. An assessment of the situation may be helpful, and if you believe you could have a valid case, you will benefit from carefully documenting all of the instances of discrimination you experienced. There are options are recourse available to you, and your quick action could affect the success of your claim. As a victim, you do not have to remain silent out of fear over retaliation or other violations of your rights.

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