Generally, when one thinks about sex discrimination what comes to mind is a woman being discriminated against by her employer because of her gender. While that is typically the case, employers should remember that sex discrimination isn’t reserved for women – men can be victims too. A recently settled EEOC lawsuit (EEOC v. Park School of Baltimore Inc.) makes this point clear to employers with a $41,000 price tag.
In this case, a private school in Maryland had hired a man to coach its softball team. The coach was given a one-year contract in 2014, which the school then renewed for two additional years (2015-2016). At the end of the 2016 season, the coach was informed that, despite his good performance, the contract would not be renewed for 2017 because the school preferred “female leadership” for its softball team.
The coach filed a claim with the EEOC alleging that he had been discriminated because of his gender and the EEOC agreed, filing a lawsuit against the school for gender discrimination.
While the case was quickly settled, it serves as an important reminder to all employers that “Title VII protects both men and women from unequal treatment based on gender.”