Gender (sex) discrimination in the workplace is illegal in nearly all cases. This page can help you determine if gender discrimination has taken place in your particular situation.
In the U.S., all workers and job applicants are protected from gender discrimination by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex and national origin.
Our lawyers obtained $1,725,000 for female workers at a large transportation company who claimed race and gender discrimination. Several of the workers were truck drivers, who said they were given inferior routes and had to perform heavier labor than their male counterparts. See more verdicts and settlements we have obtained for our clients.
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What Is Sex Discrimination At Work?
Gender, gender identity and gender expression may possibly be discriminated against, and the state of California distinguishes between such discrimination. It is important to speak with a knowledgeable California gender discrimination lawyer about these nuances.
- If you are treated differently from other employees or job candidates based on anything to do with gender, it is illegal.
- If the different treatment affects your pay, title, position, opportunities for advancement or training, or being hired or fired, the treatment is illegal. This includes retaliation, which involves firing, demoting or making unfavorable changes to your work assignments based on a discrimination or sexual harassment claim.
The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), enforced by the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), prohibits employment discrimination by employers with five or more employees. However, if any type of sexual harassment complaint is involved, any employer with at least one employee can be held liable.
What Can You Do About Sex Discrimination At Work?
Much like sexual harassment, the instances should be documented. Speak with an experienced attorney about filing a claim with management or HR of your company or former company and the DFEH and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and about sex discrimination litigation.
You may be able to sue for monetary, emotional and punitive damages.
Contact A California Sex Discrimination Lawyer
Winer, McKenna & Burritt, LLP, represents workers throughout Northern and Southern California. Contact us at (510) 433-1000 toll free to schedule a free initial consultation.