The EEOC Cracks Down on Workplace Sex Discrimination

Workplace Sex Discrimination

It is an unfortunate reality that sex discrimination happens in the workplace too often. Las Vegas’ EEOC Director Richard Burgamy declared in a statement, “We see sex discrimination occurring in all types of workplaces, and employers need to realize that EEOC is fully committed to eradicating this form of unlawful conduct against anyone.”

According to a recent survey performed by the Pew Research Center, 42% of women in the United States claim that they have faced some type of gender discrimination in the workplace. If a person is treated worse than their colleagues or job applicants due to their sex or gender, they face gender discrimination and should consult a discrimination attorney or wrongful termination attorney.

Two Nevada healthcare facilities – Health Center Inc. and Ultracare Las Vegas, are feeling the heat of the EEOC due to a lawsuit claiming they violated federal law for gender discrimination for the termination of a male ultrasound technician. 

Employment lawyer James Urbanic says, “there are many types of discrimination including age, gender, race, disabilities, religion and pregnancy.”

According to the complaint filed, Ultracare hired the male ultrasound technician full-time on Nov. 9, 2012. His responsibilities were to work for Nevada Health part-time as part of his contract. According to the contract, Ultracare contracted out ultrasound technicians to Nevada Health facilities. His duties included performing trasvaginal ultrasounds. He was provided with a female nurse to accompany him on these occasions. The suit states that the female chaperone was not provided in December 2012 and thereafter.

Nevada Health requested that a female nurse or chaperone accompany the technician or provide a female technician for these procedures. As a result of the new request, Ultracare reassigned a female to Nevada Health. The man’s jobs were reduced drastically and his last known assignment was in early January 2013.

Attempts to settle the dispute through mediation were unsuccessful. The EEOC filed a lawsuit against both Ultracare and Nevada Health. The lawsuit sets forth a strong case that Ultracare and Nevada Health’s conduct violates prohibitions against sex or gender discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, according to the EEOC.

“Remember if you feel you’ve been discriminated against at work you have rights,” says James Urbanic a Discrimination Lawyer in Los Angeles.