California Gender Discrimination Lawyer
There are many types of discrimination that someone can face in the workplace. One of them is called gender discrimination. What this generally means is that an employee or a job applicant is treated less favorably because of their sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
Workers may experience gender discrimination as well as other discrimination, such as due to their race or pregnancy status. A person who is facing discrimination may be harassed, paid less, or passed over for a promotion because of their gender.
Discrimination should not be tolerated. It creates stress and tension in a work environment. An California gender discrimination lawyer from The Garza Firm can help you understand the next steps. We can help you file a complaint and help change your employer’s behavior.
Examples of Gender Discrimination
While anyone can be a victim of gender discrimination, women tend to be targeted the most. Here are some examples of gender discrimination that you should be aware of:
- Not being hired because of your gender identity or sexual orientation (for example, when an employer refuses to hire women)
- Being held to different or higher standards because of your gender identity
- Negativity because you don’t act or present yourself in a way that conforms to traditional ideas of femininity or masculinity (for example, a woman who wears her hair short may be told to be more “presentable”)
- Being paid less than someone of a different gender or sexual orientation who is similarly or less qualified than you
- Being denied a promotion, pay raise, or training opportunity because of your gender identity or sexual orientation
- Being disciplined for something that other employees of a different gender do all the time but never get punished for
- Being insulted or called derogatory names because of your gender identity
- Being rejected for a job or forced out on leave because you’re pregnant
- Being a victim of sexual harassment, such unwelcome sexual advances and requests for sexual favors
- Being intentionally called by a name or referred to as a different gender that you don’t identify with, which is often the case with a transgender person
Keep in mind that not all gender discrimination is intentional or explicit. An action could still count as discrimination if your employer ends up excluding or harming workers of a particular gender identity, even if that was not their intention. However, for workplace gender discrimination to be considered illegal, it must involve treatment that negatively affects the “terms or conditions” of your employment, which refer to the responsibilities, rules, and benefits of a job.
Contact The Garza Firm Today
You have the right to work in a safe, discrimination-free environment. Your employer is legally obligated to provide a safe working environment for you that does not discriminate against you based on your sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
Contact The Garza Firm if you have faced discrimination. See how our California gender discrimination lawyers can help you get compensation and justice. To schedule a consultation with our office, call (949) 570-8350 or fill out the online form.