It is illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of gender or sex. For example, your boss may not encourage male employees to speak out at meetings and ask you as a woman to refill his coffee, despite you holding the same position as the male employees. Many people believe that sex discrimination only refers to males discriminating against females. However, sex discrimination includes any employee discriminating against you on the basis of sex, including females discriminating against males, males discriminating against males and females discriminating against females.
Examples of sex discrimination may include:
In addition, under Iowa law, employers may not discriminate against employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Not all states make it illegal to discriminate against employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, nor does the federal government.
Examples of discrimination or harassment based on sexual orientation or gender identity may include:
Employees and coworkers can also retaliate against you based on your sex, sexual orientation or gender identity. Please refer to the “Retaliation” page under the “Understanding Your Rights” section of this website.
All information on our website is meant to be generally informative. To find out whether you may have a case of sex or sexual orientation discrimination, you should consult a lawyer of your choice.