Fortunately, gender discrimination in the workplace is much more unusual than it was a few decades ago. There are state and federal laws in place to stop gender discrimination. The federal laws in place include Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits employment discrimination based on sex, and the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which protects men and women who perform equal work for the same company from sex-based wage discrimination. Under California law, the Fair Employment and Housing Act prohibits discrimination in employment because of sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation.
Therefore, it is now illegal to discriminate against a person because of sex or gender in any aspect of employment, which includes hiring and firing, compensation, recruitment, promotion, layoffs, job transfers, testing, fringe benefits, training, retirement plans, and other conditions of employment. Some examples of discriminatory practices in the workplace include punishing an employee because he or she filed a complaint about gender harassment, harassing a co-worker because of gender, or firing someone because of their gender.
Under current law, employers aren’t allowed to pay one gender more than another or to make assumptions based on gender. A common example of gender discrimination is when employers penalize women for taking maternity leave, or refuse to hire young women for fear they will become pregnant and leave the company.
However, despite the laws in place to stop gender discrimination at work, it still happens. Numerous studies have shown that women are not paid equally to men. In recent years, several major U.S. companies have been sued by women who claim they were discriminated against because of their sex.
Women aren’t the only ones who may be discriminated against because of gender. Men can also face gender discrimination. If a company decided to promote a woman over a man solely in order to have more women in management, that is gender discrimination as well, and the male victim can pursue his legal rights.
If you are the victim of gender discrimination in the workplace, it’s critical to contact an experienced Oakland gender discrimination attorney who will pursue your legal rights. Unfortunately, many human resources professionals will not fully pursue discrimination complaints, or they may decide to deny your complaint. Therefore, in many cases of gender discrimination it becomes necessary to file a federal or state lawsuit, or both.
At Liberty Law, Micha Star Liberty believes that no women or men should be discriminated against in the workplace because of their gender, sex, gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation. Instead, an employee should be judged on his or her effectiveness in the workplace. If you have been the victim of gender discrimination, call Micha Star Liberty, Oakland gender discrimination attorney, at 415-896-1000 or 510-645-1000. She works with clients in Oakland, San Francisco, Fairfield, Tracy, Hayward, Berkeley, and the surrounding areas. Call today.