Gender discrimination in the workplace occurs far more often than any of us would like to think. Fortunately, however, there are several laws in place that prohibit gender-based discrimination in the workplace and provide grounds for employees to seek legal recourse in the event they are discriminated against. If you believe your employer has discriminated against you solely due to your gender, continue reading and reach out to a dedicated Los Angeles gender discrimination lawyer from RD Law Group to learn more about what we can do for you. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What laws protect employees from gender discrimination in California?
In the state of California, employees are protected from gender discrimination under three main laws: the California Fair Pay Act, the California Equal Pay Act of 1949, and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. A brief outline of all three of those laws is as follows:
- The California Equal Pay Act of 1949, as well as the California Fair Pay Act, prohibit employers from paying employees of different genders less than employees who perform substantially similar work, unless they can show that the pay difference is based on factors other than sex.
- The California Fair Employment and Housing Act prohibits employers from discriminating against employees or applicants based on sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions.
What should I do if my employer has discriminated against me due to my gender?
If you believe you were discriminated against due to your gender, you should take certain steps to prove the incident(s) of discrimination. This can include:
- Documenting any proof of discrimination: Keep a record of any incidents that you perceived as discriminatory, such as dates, times, locations, names of the people involved, witnesses, and what was said or done. Save any documents, emails, texts, performance reviews, pay stubs, or other materials that support your claim.
- Report the discrimination: Follow your employer’s policies and procedures for reporting discrimination or harassment internally. Make sure to file a written complaint and keep a copy for yourself. If your employer does not have a policy or does not respond to your complaint adequately, you may need to escalate the matter to an external agency.
- Hire a lawyer who has experience handling discrimination claims in California: If you’re looking to pursue a claim against your employer, it is paramount to speak with a competent employment lawyer who can assess the circumstances surrounding your case, and, from there, fight for the best outcome possible on your behalf.
RD Law Group has represented clients facing workplace discrimination for years, and we are prepared to fight, tooth and nail for the compensation justice you deserve.