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Sacramento applicants for employment as well as current/former employees are protected from gender discrimination under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) and the federal Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”). The laws protect men, women, as well as transgender, lesbian, gay, bisexual and any other type of sexual orientated individuals from discrimination. Each year, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) receives thousands of reports of gender-based discrimination. Attorneys at Stephen Danz & Associates have experience working with the EEOC and state enforcement and investigation agencies on curbing this phenomena as well as bringing employers to justice.
FEHA and Title VII prohibit unjust treatment of applicants and employees beginning from the hiring process to promotions, training, compensation, pay, benefits, job location, tasks, assignments as well as discharge and termination. Each phase of pre-employment to employment must ensure that workers are not harassed, discriminated against, retaliated against or suffer from hostile work environment. For example, the request for sexual favors or having to deal with constant barrages of sexual innuendoes, offensive comments or slurs in the workplace are strictly prohibited. Therefore, if anyone experienced any of these behaviors, please contact an attorney to discuss your rights. One of our Sacramento-based lawyers will guide you each step on the way.
How the Equal Pay Acts Applies to Gender Discrimination Laws
In general, California’s Fair Pay Act and the federal Equal Pay Act require that employers render equal pay for equal work regardless of gender. Therefore, if male and female employees have similar education, skills, and experience, they should earn the same compensation. This holds true with Title VII where companies must compensate workers equally for the same work.
How Pregnancy Discrimination Act Interacts with Gender Discrimination Laws
Fundamentally, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (“PDA”) inhibits employers from treating pregnant employees adversely due to their pregnancy. Indeed, employers must provide reasonable accommodation for employees who have any complications or medical conditions rendering them temporarily disabled. The reasonable accommodations would then allow the employees to continue working within their healthy parameters. There are other laws similar to the PDA that offer anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation such as the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act. In addition, there are other ways that females may be discriminated against at work such as when they have to attend to child-rearing or express milk in the workplace private room.
A Sacramento Attorney May Assist You
The assortment of federal and state laws cited above all work together to alleviate many of the workplace issues that employees face due to their gender. These include sex discrimination, family leave, pregnancy, and nursing mothers. Therefore, knowing how to use these laws to your advantage is a complex craft that our employment discrimination attorneys have honed over decades of work. Contact our office today at 877-789-9707 or complete the Online Form to make sure that your workplace rights are safeguarded.
Do Not Be a Victim; Speak Out Against Gender Discrimination
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, the 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 a 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 stereotype females as more subservient in roles violates our anti-discrimination laws.
Schedule a Complimentary Consultation with Our LA-Based Attorneys
Contact our Sacramento 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 Sacramento’ 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 backpay, 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 would award 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 case 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 Sacramento 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 Sacramento Office Today
If you have been negatively affected by sex discrimination or retaliation at work, contact Sacramento area employment discrimination lawyers that 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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