Sex Discrimination Hotlines
Women Employed provides telephone counseling to women facing employment problems every Friday 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Central Time. Call 312-782-3902. Callers are advised on whether their situation is illegal and their options.
Equal Rights Advocates provides an advice and counseling on women's legal rights at 1-800-839-4ERA. They provide advice on differential treatment of women and girls at work or school, unequal pay, pregnancy discrimination, family leave, and sexual harassment. Hotline hours (Pacific Time) are Monday 2 - 4 p.m, Tuesday 2 - 4 p.m., Thursday 5 - 7 p.m., and Friday 10 - 12 p.m. but are subject to change. You may leave a message at any time and a counselor will call you back.
Local, state and national women's organizations are likely to be your best allies. The WAGE Project has compiled a list of advocacy, research, and legal services organizations who support efforts to achieve equality for women in the workplace. Click here for Women's Organization List.
Other possible sources of support are local, state and federal anti-discrimination agencies.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission administers and investigates complaints of sex discrimination under the Equal Pay Act, Title VII, and Executive Order 11246. You can find EEOC district, area, and field offices by visiting http://www.eeoc.gov/offices.html or calling 1-800-669-4000. You can file anti-discrimination complaints through these offices. The EEOC also offers mediation services as an alternative to investigations and litigation.
State and Local Commissions
Passage of equal opportunities laws and advocacy from women's rights and civil rights organizations has resulted in the creation of local and state commissions whose job it is to stop discrimination in their localities, including discrimination against women. Many of these commissions against discrimination or human rights commissions have complaint mechanisms as well as mediation services.
Many communities also have local commissions on the status of women. While these Commissions generally do not have formal mechanisms to resolve complaints of discrimination, they often include women's rights advocates who might assist you in your efforts to close the wage gap. The National Association of Women's Commissions website provides links to local and state women's commissions across the country.
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