Sexual discrimination is unlawful under California and federal law, but many employees still face unlawful, unfair treatment that holds them back in the workplace. At Minnis & Smallets, LLP, our sexual discrimination attorneys are dedicated to helping employees enforce their rights and pursue all avenues of legal recourse after being subjected to prohibited conduct. Please contact our San Francisco, CA office to set up a free consultation regarding your case and read on for some important information about sexual discrimination in California.
Employers are prohibited from treating employees and job candidates unfairly on account of their membership in a protected class; sexual discrimination, unfair treatment due to sex, is one form of misconduct that falls under the umbrella of unlawful conduct. Both federal and California laws address discriminatory acts:
To succeed on a claim for sexual discrimination in the workplace, an employee must demonstrate that an employer took an adverse employment action against an employee because of the employee’s sex. Instances of discrimination may be openly obvious, but others are subtler. Examples include:
In some situations, an employee may want to first address sexual discrimination with his or her employer and/or human resources department. In other situations, employees may want to file a claim with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), or both—with or without the help of an attorney. Note that there are time limits for preserving and filing this type of claim, so consult an attorney. If an employee is successful in proving his or her claim, then the employee may be entitled to back pay, future pay, or equitable relief.