Sex and Gender Discrimination Attorneys in Fresno
Exclusively Representing Fresno’s Executives and Employees
Stephen Danz & Associates have proudly represented hundreds of employees from Fresno and its surrounding areas. Although there are many laws and social changes over the years, there still persists certain stereotypes and differences between males and females in the workplace. Even in a state as progressive as California, we find that the types of jobs that men and women obtain have pay disparities and they face sexual harassment, discrimination, and retaliation.
As a foundation, sex discrimination may take place in the workplace from employers not hiring women applicants from a job that they feel requires, for instance, a male. In addition, pregnancy or child-rearing may not be taken into consideration when hiring or promoting female employees. This type of unequal and unfair pay is strictly prohibited by California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Equal Pay Act, California’s Fair Pay Act, and many other anti-retaliation laws. Our firm has handled hundreds of these cases throughout California and will be able to guide you all along the way.
Our employment law firm has represented many women who are working in Fresno and unfortunately were negatively affected by sex discrimination. Thankfully, our courts and lawmakers established laws that grant individual and workers the ability to fight for their rights and hold their employers responsible for their actions (or omissions when they allow a hostile work environment to persist). If you believe that you or someone you know experienced sex or gender discrimination or retaliation for speaking up, call our office atfor a free no obligation consultation.
California’s Protections Against Gender Discrimination
A worker in Fresno has laws to protect him or her that are both on the state level as well as on the federal level. For instance, these laws provide protections to workers and employees that have been victimized by unequal pay, sexual harassment, sex discrimination, and retaliation. The most common laws that we cite in our complaints include the federal Title VII, Equal Pay Act, California’s FEHA, and the Fair Pay Act.
The most common law regarding compensation is the Equal Pay Act. It requires companies to provide equal compensation to men and women who perform jobs with similar tasks and have a similar experience.
California’s most recent edition of this act (titled Fair Pay Act) adds additional safeguards and requirements of employers to train their supervisors. Further, Title VII ensures that employers do not discriminate against applicants and current employees due to their gender in the terms and conditions of their employment.
There are also agencies that have been established to combat workplace discrimination and retaliation. The most powerful agencies are the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and California’s Department of Labor. These agencies have intake numbers where complaints may be filed. In addition, to file a complaint in court, these agencies may at times be required to provide a Right to Sue letter. Therefore, women should know that if they are mistreated or there is perceived mistreatment, they have avenues that they can take to protect their rights and bring their employers to justice.
Once you contact our office, our attorneys will listen to your facts, guide you on producing a chronology of events, collecting evidence, and the filing of the proper administrative complaints before the litigation takes effect. Know that California’s courts and laws favor the employee plaintiff, and therefore before taking any action, please speak with a knowledgeable attorney. Our attorneys do not tolerate discrimination, harassment, and retaliation and will hold your employer liable for their actions. Speak with our office today for a strategy of fighting for your rights.
Do Not Remain A Victim – Speak to Our Fresno Attorneys Today
Stephen Danz and Associates focuses its practice on representing employees who are victims of discrimination in the workplace. One of the most common areas of such discrimination is sex or gender discrimination. Sex/Gender discrimination in the workplace typically involves the treatment of an applicant or employee negatively due to that person’s gender, whether man or woman. Many times, it is the employer’s practice, whether consciously or subconsciously, that subjects the victim to higher standards of evaluation than that which is applied to the opposite sex. This means that applicants or employees that face sex or gender discrimination are entitled to obtain relief under the federal Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”) and California’s Fair Employment in Housing Act (“FEHA”).
Both Title VII and FEHA prohibit any type of unfavorable or adverse treatment surrounding sex and gender discrimination including, but not limited to, sexual harassment, pregnancy discrimination, wrongful termination, or un-equal pay. Often the federal Equal Pay Act or California’s Fair Pay Act are included in the Complaint since employers have for years determined compensation based on gender. Therefore, equal pay laws ensure that equal pay is provided for equal work by both men and women in the workplace.
Common Types of Sex/Gender Discrimination – Gender Stereotypes and Roles
One of the most common types of sex discrimination or gender discrimination is gender stereotyping and subconscious prejudice. For example, if an employer creates stereotyped expectations of femininity for women in the workplace, this violates Title VII. Further, if an employer’s practice or policy inhibits aggressiveness for women but the roles that women are placed in require such a characteristic, this creates a bind for women since they are forced to behave in a certain way and if they do not they may be terminated.
Other times, employers place certain genders in unique roles based solely on their gender. Accordingly, such company decisions based primarily on someone’s sex, which is a protected class, whether such action is overt/obvious or covert/latent, violate both Title VII and FEHA. When evaluating an employee’s performance based on subjective criteria this type of behavior allows for more abuse, prejudice, bias, whether intentional or unintentional. Moreover, employers who encourage male applicants or employees to take a more commanding or authoritative role due to their gender, and see stereotype females as more subservient in roles violates our anti-discrimination laws.
Schedule a Complimentary Consultation with Our Fresno-based Attorneys
Contact our Fresno office to schedule a free no obligation consultation with an attorney regarding your gender/sex discrimination claim. Please call 877-789-9707, and also see our dedicated pages within our site to learn more about what to expect.
Using years of experience and bountiful resources, our firm is able to fully comprehend the complex nature of gender discrimination case. We know Fresno’ courts, industry, and corporate practices, and leverage such knowledge to attain the most favorable outcome for sex discrimination cases.
Remedies and Recoveries for Sex/Gender Discrimination
Under both Title VII and FEHA, applicants and employees who are victims of gender discrimination have a right to compensation damages in the form of economic losses, emotional losses, attorneys’ fees, related costs, and, at times of outrageous cases, punitive damages. Some of these damages, such as back-pay, may be capped based on the size of the employer pursuant to the Civil Rights Act of 1991.
In regard to Punitive Damages, a court will award these damages when the employer’s behavior is so egregious that it warrants punishment rather than just mere compensation. This is to deter such conduct in the future by both the employer and anyone else in the industry that may hear of the case. As one can see, this is an extremely complex area of the law and strategy highly influences the outcomes. Consequently, your choice of counsel will greatly affect the ultimate remedy in your case.
Consult with some of the most experienced Fresno Sex/Gender Discrimination Lawyers at Stephen Danz and Associates. We have successfully settled or litigated hundreds of cases of sex/gender discrimination. You will be given ample time to discuss the case as well as fully understand the process. We value our clients and develop a strategy toward success. With the right resources, decades of experience, and the know-how, our firm is prepared to take your sex/gender discrimination case seriously, and we are ready to negotiate a settlement or take your case to court.
Contact Our Fresno Office Today
If you have been negatively affected by sex discrimination or retaliation at work, contact Fresno area employment discrimination lawyers who specialize in the representation of executives and employees in sex discrimination cases. To discuss your case and explain what we can do for you, speak to our employment discrimination attorneys at 877-789-9707.
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