Workplace Sexual Discrimination
Sex discrimination involves treating someone (an applicant or employee)
unfavorably because of that person's sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.
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.
Here are some examples of potentially unlawful sex/gender discrimination
that women, for example, may face:
Hiring/Firing/Promotions: You apply for a job for which you have experience and excellent qualifications,
but you are not hired because some of the company's long-time clients
are more comfortable dealing with men; you are told that you are laid
off due to company cutbacks and reorganization, while men in the same
job and with less seniority than you keep their jobs; you have worked
for your company for several years, receiving exemplary reviews and an
employee-of-the-year award, yet each of the five times you have applied
for promotions, the positions you applied for are instead filled by less
Pay: You worked your way up from the position of salesperson to manager A
male manager with similar training and work experience was recently hired,
and you find out that he will be paid more than you or you are a top salesperson
for your company, but are moved to a less desirable territory while a
man with much lower sales is given your territory and client base, enabling
him to make much more in commissions than you will make for several years.
Job Classification: You work at a company for four years and put in many hours of overtime.
After you return from having a baby, you tell your employer that you will
not be able to put in as many hours of overtime. Your position is then
changed to a lower level and you get less pay, while male coworkers in
similar positions are allowed to cut back their overtime hours for personal
reasons without any changes to their positions or pay.
Benefits: Your company's health insurance policy does not cover your spouse,
because it is assumed that he will have his own benefits, while your male
coworkers have their wives covered by the policy. Because your husband
is between jobs, you have to pay increased health benefits on his behalf
that your coworkers do not pay for their wives.
Contact a California sexual discrimination lawyer at our firm now for legal advice and effective representation in your case.