Many employees have the right to work free from discrimination based on sex.  This applies to all aspects of employment such as compensation, promotions, work conditions, and terminations.  It also includes discrimination based on pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Examples of Discrimination

  • Paying employees differently based on sex, regardless of qualifications and performance
  • Evaluating or scrutinizing performance based on sex
  • Applying rules to individuals based on sex
  • Promoting employees based on sex
  • Demonstrated preference for hiring based on sex
  • Excluding employees from professional and managerial positions based on sex
  • Unwelcome conduct due to an employee’s sex affecting work conditions


Many employers are also prohibited from harassing employees due to sex.  Harassment is unwelcome treatment that is frequent or severe enough to alter work conditions and create a demeaning atmosphere.  An instance of sexual assault may qualify as harassment even if it is not ongoing.

Examples of Harassment

  • Isolation, exclusion, or work interference
  • Undermining authority or span of control
  • Humiliation
  • Threats
  • Slurs or name-calling
  • Sharing derogatory or inappropriate images
  • Inappropriate jokes or gestures
  • Other mistreatment


Many employers are further prohibited from penalizing employees for complaining about or opposing discrimination against themselves or others.  For more information, see Retaliation page.

Protect your Rights

The law sets firm deadlines for reporting discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.  For more information, see article on Sex Discrimination.

If you’ve been subjected to discrimination, contact Rich Daugherty.  Whether your employment has been wrongfully terminated, you’re in fear of losing your job unlawfully, or you’re stuck in an untenable situation, contact Rich.

In addition to litigating cases, Rich negotiates confidential severance agreements and executive exit agreements favorable to his clients.

Rich offers a one-on-one relationship with his clients. He will stand by your side every step of the way to resolve your case fairly.

Rich represents clients from across North Carolina, including Raleigh, Durham, Wilmington, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Charlotte, and more. He is available to meet with prospective clients outside of Chapel Hill when circumstances permit. Evening appointments are also available.


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