Discriminating against an employee for any reason is unacceptable, however, discrimination in the workplace still occurs virtually every day, even in progressive states such as California. That being said, if you are a transgender individual and have been discriminated against in the workplace because of it, you do have rights, and RD Law Group is here to protect those rights. Contact a seasoned Los Angeles employment discrimination lawyer from our firm to learn more about how we can help you get the justice you deserve. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What does transgender discrimination in the workplace look like?
Transgender discrimination is a type of sex discrimination that happens when an employer or co-workers treat employees differently or unfavorably because of their gender identity, gender expression, gender transition, sex assigned at birth, or transgender status. Transgender discrimination can come in various forms, but some of the most common examples that our firm sees are as follows:
- Refusing to hire a transgender employee because of their gender identity or expression
- Firing a transgender employee solely because of their gender identity or expression
- Imposing gender stereotypes or expectations on a transgender employee
- Subjecting transgender employees to harassment, such as continuous insults or crude “jokes”
- Intentionally disrespecting a transgender employee’s name, pronouns, or appearance
- Refusing to promote or give a raise to a transgender employee solely because of their gender identity or expression
What rights are afforded to transgender employees in California?
If you believe you’ve been discriminated against in the workplace because of your gender identity or expression, it’s important to understand that the law, and our firm, are on your side. If you’re a victim of discrimination in the workplace, you should report the incident(s) to your employer, or, if the discrimination is coming from your employer, your company’s HR department.
You should also ensure you retain the services of a dedicated employment lawyer who can help you document the discrimination and file a claim under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), which explicitly prohibits sex discrimination and gender identity and gender expression discrimination in employment.
Ensure you do so sooner, rather than later, as the statute of limitations for filing discrimination claims under the FEHA is, in most cases, three years. Waiting longer than this will likely result in you being permanently barred from suing. RD Law Group is here to fight for you today. All you need to do is pick up the phone and give us a call or contact us online so we can get started working on your case.