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Gender Discrimination

Orange County Gender Discrimination Lawyers

You Can Fight Back Against Sex Discrimination

Per the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, “Sex discrimination involves treating someone (an applicant or employee) unfavorably because of that person's sex. Discrimination against an individual because of gender identity, including transgender status, or because of sexual orientation is discrimination because of sex in violation of Title VII. The law forbids discrimination when it comes to any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, and any other term or condition of employment.

It is unlawful to harass a person because of that person's sex. Harassment can include “sexual harassment” or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature. Harassment does not have to be of a sexual nature, however, and can include offensive remarks about a person's sex. For example, it is illegal to harass a woman by making offensive comments about women in general.

Both victim and the harasser can be either a woman or a man, and the victim and harasser can be the same sex.

U.S. Gender Discrimination Statistics

According to a 2017 study conducted by Pew Research Center:

  • 42% of women and 22% of men in the United States report having faced discrimination in the workplace because of their gender.
  • 25% of women and 5% of men report earning less than a member of the opposite sex doing the same job.
  • 23% of women and 6% of men report being treated as if they were incompetent based on their gender.
  • 16% of women and 5% of men report experiencing repeated, small gender-based slights at work.

Types of Gender Discrimination in the Workplace

Gender discrimination in the workplace can take many forms, including but not limited to:

  • Unequal pay between men and women performing the same job duties
  • Denial of a promotion based on gender (losing out to a candidate of the opposite gender with the same or similar qualifications)
  • Terminating an employee in relation to their gender identity
  • Failing to treat all employees equally in terms of workplace privileges
  • Denying benefits for sex-specific reasons, such as denying maternity leave
  • Asking interview questions that address sex-specific issues, such as asking a woman if she has children or plans on having children
  • Gender-specific dress codes

You Deserve a Safe Work Environment

Although the law doesn't prohibit simple teasing, offhand comments, or isolated incidents that are not very serious, harassment is illegal when it is so frequent or severe that it creates a hostile or offensive work environment or when it results in an adverse employment decision (such as the victim being fired or demoted).

The harasser can be the victim's supervisor, a supervisor in another area, a co-worker, or someone who is not an employee of the employer, such as a client or customer.”

If you have experienced discrimination in the work place because of your sex, contact our gender discrimination attorneys in Irvine today at (800) 543-4829 for a free consultation. We serve Orange & Los Angeles counties.

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