Gender discrimination in the workplace occurs when an employer treats one employee favorably over another employee because of their gender. An example would be if a qualifying female employee is turned down for a promotion or position because their employer unlawfully hired a male employee for the same position, who was less qualified, simply because they were male. If you have been the victim of gender discrimination in the workplace, contact JML Law in Long Beach at 818-610-8800 for a free case evaluation.
Laws Protecting Employees From Gender Discrimination
The Equal Pay Act of 1963 protects employees of both genders, who are equally qualified and can perform equal work, in the same position for the same employer from receiving unequal, gender-driven, discriminatory wages and benefits. The Civil Right Act of 1964 prohibits employers from:
- Failing or refusing to hire, let go, or discriminate against any employee based on the employee’s gender.
- Limiting, segregating, or classifying employees or applicants in any way which would “deprive or tend to deprive any individual of employment opportunities or otherwise adversely affect his (or her) status as an employee” because of their gender.
California law, applicable in Long Beach, states that it is unlawful to practice:
- For an employer, because of the race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, or military and veteran status of any person, to refuse to hire or employ the person or to refuse to select the person for a training program leading to employment, or to bar or to discharge the person from employment or from a training program leading to employment, or to discriminate against the person in compensation or in terms, conditions, or privileges of employment.
- This part does not prohibit an employer from refusing to hire or discharging an employee with a physical or mental disability, or subject an employer to any legal liability resulting from the refusal to employ or discharge an employee with a physical or mental disability, if the employee, because of a physical or mental disability, is unable to perform the employee’s essential duties even with reasonable accommodations, or cannot perform those duties in a manner that would not endanger the employee’s health or safety or the health or safety of others even with reasonable accommodations.
In 2017, over 25,600 charges were filed against employers for gender discrimination in the U.S., according to The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). As a resident of Long Beach, California, you are legally entitled to a non-discriminatory workplace. Your civil and employment rights in the workplace are guaranteed by federal and state laws. If you feel that your employer has discriminated against you because of your gender, contact JML Law in Long Beach today at 818-610-8800 or visit our website at www.jmllaw.com for a free case evaluation. You could be entitled to damages for lost wages, reinstatement of employment, compensation for lost benefits, and attorney’s fees or court costs.
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