While the fight for gender equality in the workplace has made headway in recent years, many employees continue to experience gender discrimination by their employers. Employment discrimination based on an individual’s gender is prohibited under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), as well as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and victims of such discrimination have important legal rights. You should discuss any concerns about your treatment at work with experienced gender discrimination attorneys in the Bay Area.
Like any type of employment discrimination, gender discrimination can arise in many different ways, and it is especially common in the tech industry and other fields around the Bay Area. Sometimes, it is glaringly obvious, while in other cases, employees might not be certain whether they experienced discrimination or not. Some common forms of this type of discrimination include the following:
Some companies tend to promote employees of one gender, while equally qualified employees of another gender have a more difficult time climbing the ladder. If your employer refuses to consider you for positions, promotions, and other benefits because of your gender, you should speak with an experienced employment lawyer today.
The Equal Pay Act was enacted to bridge the wage gap between male and female employees in the United States. However, women continue to consistently receive less compensation for similar work to their male counterparts. If you believe that an employee of another gender is being paid more despite similar qualifications, experience, and responsibilities, you should consult with a gender discrimination lawyer.
The Pregnancy Discrimination Act prohibits employers from taking adverse action against an employee for any of the following:
Pregnancy discrimination is a type of gender discrimination, and employees who might be victims should learn about their rights.
California law has banned discrimination based on an employee’s gender identity or gender expression since 2003, and the Supreme Court prohibited such discrimination on the federal level as part of Title VII in 2020. Employers cannot discriminate based on the gender an employee identifies with or presents as, non-conformity to gender stereotypes, and similar factors.
The law firm of Minnis & Smallets represents employees of all genders who experience discrimination at work. Often, it takes the analysis of a skilled employment lawyer to identify when gender discrimination has occurred. Contact us so we can evaluate what happened to you and advise you of your rights.