Definition: Gender Discrimination

Making decisions on the basis of someone’s gender, or sex, is illegal under state and federal law. Both men and women are protected from discrimination.

In employment, this includes decisions related to hiring, wages, terminations, promotions, leaves, and benefits. In education, this includes decisions related to admissions and grading.

Employment decisions and selection criteria must be job related. Making assumptions that men or women are better suited for a particular kind of job is prohibited. A specific concern for women is preventing “glass ceilings” which may discourage promotions or other career advancement.

Sex discrimination includes, but is not limited to, pregnancy, childbirth, and disabilities related to pregnancy or childbirth. A pregnant woman is permitted to work as long as she is able to perform her job. Pregnancy alone is not a disability. Women affected by pregnancy or related conditions must be treated in the same manner as other applicants or employees with similar abilities or limitations. Consult your human resources office regarding specific provisions for parental leaves for both women and men.

The University of Minnesota’s Women's Center works to improve the employment and academic climate for women.

Title IX inquiries and complaints should be directed to:

Kimberly Hewitt Boyd
Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
274 McNamara Alumni Center
200 Oak St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: 612/624-9547