In California, the law prohibits employers from discriminating against an applicant or employee based on their gender, gender identity, gender expression, sex, or sexual orientation. Unfortunately, this is one type of workplace discrimination that continues to persist despite clearly being against the law. If you believe you have been subjected to gender discrimination, you should not delay in consulting with an Alameda County gender discrimination lawyer.
At the law firm of Minnis & Smallets, we believe that no one should ever have to tolerate discrimination at work based on gender or related factors. We stand up for employees who suffered this type of discrimination and loses a job as a result. If you would like to discuss what happened in your workplace, please do not hesitate to contact us for a consultation today.
Discrimination based on gender is outlawed by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 at the federal level, as well as by the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). While FEHA prohibits discrimination based on gender expression or gender identity, federal law does not. There has been a significant debate whether “gender discrimination” under Title VII inherently prohibits gender identity and expression discrimination, though regardless, employees in California are protected by state law on these grounds.
Gender discrimination can involve an employer taking adverse employment actions based on an employee’s assigned gender, whether or not the employee conforms with that gender and other aspects of sex and gender. Discrimination can manifest in different ways and involve many different types of adverse employment actions, such as:
If you experienced any of the above and believe it was due to your gender, you should speak with an experienced workplace discrimination attorney. Employers also are prohibited from retaliating against an employee who complains about unlawful discrimination, although this does occur. We can also help you hold your employer liable for retaliation when applicable.
Allowing workplace harassment is a form of discrimination, and harassment is common due to someone’s gender, gender identity, or gender expression. If harassment reaches the level of creating a hostile work environment and your employer fails to adequately stop the harassment, you have rights under the law, and we can help.
Always remember that you do not have to work in an environment that involves gender-based harassment or discrimination. You have rights and protections under the law, and our legal team can help you exercise those rights. Please do not wait to discuss your concerns with an Alameda County gender discrimination lawyer at Minnis & Smallets. Contact us to discuss a possible case and learn how we might help in your situation.