Have you been subject to discrimination at work because of your gender or sexual orientation? Check out these 3 gender discrimination tips and call us today.
Filing a Gender Discrimination Claim
One issue that sometimes comes up is the issue of discrimination based on gender and/or sex, in which the employer is making a decision as to what positions the employee can hold based off of the gender or sex of the employee. I remember early on when this firm was founded 12 years ago, we took on a case of a woman who was a bartender. She enjoyed being a bartender; she found that she made more money as a bartender. That’s truly what she enjoyed doing.
She applied for a position at a bar in San Bernardino. She was told that women were only allowed to be hostesses or cocktail waitresses and that, if she wanted a position, those were the two options that was available to her. She explained to me, as she explained to them, that she wasn’t a hostess and that she wasn’t a cocktail waitress but that she was a bartender, and that she had the expertise and the knowledge to be a bartender. The employer after hearing that told her flat out the only positions we offer women are hostesses and cocktail waitresses. She didn’t take the position.
When she had come to me, she had already filed a claim with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing. They were trying to get her to take a settlement that was what I considered very low. While I can’t get into all the details as to what that case ultimately resolved for, I will say that it was multiple times more than what was being offered to her in front of the Department of Fair Employment and Housing. If you feel that you’ve been subject to gender discrimination either in the assignments you are being given, promotional opportunities you are being given, or in your pay, it’s important for you to understand that you do have rights and that you should talk to an attorney. If I can answer any of those questions, feel free to give me a call.
Proving Gender Discrimination in the Workplace
One issue that comes up often is the fact that there are some employees that are receiving preferential treatment versus other employees. Typically, we’ll get a call from an individual that says that they’re being treated differently at work and they’re trying to figure out why. Sometimes, it’s a woman that feels that the men in the office are given better assignments or better leads or a woman believes that her title and her job responsibilities are just the same as male counterparts, but she believes, or she knows, or she suspects that they actually receive more money than her for doing the same type of work.
There’s other times in which people feel that, because of their race, they’re being treated differently than everybody else. This might involve compensation, promotional opportunities, or just be the type of work that’s actually being assigned. Discrimination in California is unlawful assuming it’s based off of a protected class: gender, race, national origin, sexual orientation. Also, they can’t discriminate or retaliate against you because you complained about not being treated fairly at work.
If you’ve worked for a company or you’re currently working for a company and you feel that you’re being subject to discrimination or you’ve been retaliated against because you’ve complained about discrimination, it’s important for you to find a law firm that can answer your questions and represent you if you make a decision to file a lawsuit. If you have any questions regarding discrimination in the workplace for whatever reason or retaliation for complaining about discrimination in the workplace, feel free to give me a call. I am happy to answer any questions that you may have regarding those issues.
Discrimination and Retaliation in the Workplace
Every day I get phone calls from individuals calling seeking advice about the fact that they’re being treated differently at work. They tell me their supervisor or their management team treats them differently than all their other employees, or that they’ve been terminated for something that they did, but that they’ve been treated differently than other employees that were similarly situated. They wonder if these actions constitute discrimination. Under California law, employees are protected from being treated differently for unlawful reasons. Under California law, an employer can’t retaliate against you or discriminate against you based off of unlawful reasons. There’s a lot of unlawful reasons in California that prevents an employer from retaliating against or discriminating against an employee. An employer can’t discriminate against you because of your race, your gender, your age, your sexual orientation, the fact that you have a medical disability, or the fact that you have restrictions as a result of a medical condition. An employer can’t retaliate or discriminate against you because you’ve complained about conduct that you believe is unlawful. An employer can’t retaliate against you because you believe that you’re being subjected to unsafe working conditions. There’s just a lot of different areas of law in which employees are protected from discrimination and retaliation. If you have a question as to whether or not you’re being treated differently at work and whether or not that reason may be unlawful, it’s important for you to talk to an attorney that has experience on those issues. If I can answer any questions regarding any employment issue that you have, including discrimination and retaliation in California, feel free to give me a call. I’m happy to discuss.
Are you or a loved one in the process of an employment claim in California and have questions about these 4 gender discrimination tips? Contact the experienced California employment law attorneys at the Myers Law Group today for a free consultation and case evaluation.
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