With the recent headlines about sexual harassment and discrimination in Hollywood and other high-profile arenas, you may be becoming more aware of what is and is not acceptable in your own workplace. Since many of the current claims that are making headlines contain relatively straightforward allegations about prohibited behavior that is clearly outlined in employment law, it is easy to identify them as violations. However, this is another kind of discrimination that is harder to identify.
According to employment laws, your boss cannot blatantly discriminate against you for being a woman. Through indirect discrimination, your employer can take actions that do not seem discriminatory on the surface, but actually result in discrimination.