Los Angeles Gender Discrimination Lawyers
When you are seeking employment in Los Angeles or any other part of California, it is against the law for an employer to base your employment–or tasks related to your employment–on your gender. When gender discrimination in the workplace occurs, you should take action quickly to hire an experienced Los Angeles gender discrimination lawyer and file a complaint. At the Workplace Rights Law Group, our attorneys are extremely passionate about protecting workers like you.
What Is Gender Discrimination?
Gender discrimination, also known as sex-based discrimination, refers to treating a person differently based solely on their gender or gender identity or sexual orientation, including transgender status. In California, the law extends to protect gender expression, and gender-related medical conditions such as pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding.
Examples of sex-based/gender discrimination that all employees in the state of California, and the United States as a whole, are protected from include any decisions regarding:
- Work assignments; and
- All other terms and conditions of employment.
In addition to terms of employment, it is also against the law for a person in the workplace to harass another on the basis of that person’s sex. The harassment may be sexual in nature, but does not have to be sexual in order to be considered harassment.
It can be difficult to differentiate between what is illegal and what is not in terms of harassment – the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) explains that harassment is illegal when it is consistent or severe enough to affect the work environment, resulting in a hostile atmosphere. It is also illegal when it affects an employment-related decision.
Your Options Following a Gender Discrimination Incident
If you believe you’ve been discriminated against, you have legal rights and you have multiple options. You can contact a lawyer right away. Or you can file a complaint on your own against your employer with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) and ask them to investigate. (To file with the DFEH, you can file an “intake form” online, but make sure you do so within one year from the date the discriminatory act took place.) Or you could complain directly to your employer. Or contact WRLG, and we’ll help you go through all your options so you can make the best choice.
In some cases, you may be able to resolve your dispute with just the assistance of your employer or the DFEH or EEOC. But if that’s not possible or doesn’t work, getting a qualified attorney’s help may be necessary.
If a discrimination lawsuit is ultimately necessary, get the assistance of an experienced Los Angeles workplace discrimination attorney. In a lawsuit, you can seek money damages for lost wages/benefits to date and future lost earnings, for out of pocket expenses you’ve suffered, and for your emotional distress. You may be able to seek reinstatement to your old position. Punitive damages may also be available. And in all cases, you can seek an order that the employer pays for your reasonable attorney’s fees.
Contact Our Los Angeles Gender Discrimination Attorneys Today
Gender discrimination is completely inappropriate, and when it occurs, you deserve to be represented by an experienced Los Angeles gender discrimination attorney who is confident in their ability to seek recompense for you. At the Workplace Rights Law Group, we are passionate about helping workers in our state seek justice when discrimination based on gender, or any other factor, occurs.
A consultation with our law firm is always offered free of charge. To learn more about your options, please contact us by phone or online today.