Chicago, IL asked in Employment Discrimination for Illinois

Q: My boss only hires young women for my company even though men interview, too.

How do I know if it's just coincidence or if it's gender discrimination?

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Ethan White
Ethan White
  • Employment Law Lawyer
  • Oak Brook, IL

A: Unfortunately, the simple answer is you probably don't know without more evidence. In a lawsuit, your lawyer would take discovery from the employer through written questions and depositions. If you could prove a repeated pattern where two candidates are exactly the same, except for their gender, and the female is always (or usually) hired, there may be a claim for what is called "failure to hire" gender based discrimination. The weak spot for these claims is proving the two candidates are truly the same, except for their gender. Good luck!

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