Los Angeles Gender Discrimination Attorney
Workplace Discrimination Based on Sex, Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity
California has some of the strongest laws in the nation when it comes to sex and gender discrimination. All employees—including cis, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and other members of the LGTBQ+ community—are protected by these laws; an employer or prospective employer with five or more regular employees may not discriminate against any worker or job candidate on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or transgender status. Employers are also prohibited for discriminating against an employee or job candidate based on perceived sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, or gender expression.
If you believe that your employer or a prospective employer has violated your rights under federal or state employment laws, turn to the team at KJT Law Group. Our Los Angeles gender discrimination attorneys have extensive experience holding all types of employers accountable for harmful and unjust practices. We know how to effectively advocate for you, and we are prepared to seek the maximum compensation you are owed.
What Constitutes Gender Discrimination in California?
In general terms, gender discrimination includes any employer conduct that unequally advantages or disadvantages an individual or group based on gender. In this case, “gender” is used to describe a person’s sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or transgender status.
Some examples of gender discrimination in the workplace include:
- Only hiring individuals of a certain sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation
- Firing, letting go, or laying off someone based on gender
- Paying different employees more or less for the same work based on gender
- Only offering low-paying positions to employees of a certain gender
- Denying promotions, raises, or transfers based on gender
- Providing negative performance reviews or disciplining employees unjustly
- Instating or upholding discriminatory policies or procedures
- Failing to respond to complaints of sexual harassment adequately or properly
- Creating or fostering a hostile work environment or culture of harassment
- Withholding benefits based on an employee’s gender
It can be difficult to tell if an employer has treated you unjustly based on your gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or another protected class. At KJT Law Group, we can review the details of your case and determine whether you have grounds for legal action. If you have a case that we believe we can win, we will immediately begin gathering evidence and taking the necessary steps to protect your rights.
Similar to discrimination, workplace harassment can have many negative effects on an employee’s overall wellbeing, as well as their employment status and finances. Although gender-based harassment, including sexual harassment, is illegal in California, it occurs frequently in workplaces throughout the state.
Gender-based workplace harassment takes many forms, including but not limited to:
- Comments, statements, or jokes about sexual orientation, transgender status, gender identity or expression, sex, etc.
- Repeatedly and consistently refusing to use an employee’s expressed preferred pronouns or failing to change an employee’s official documents to reflect preferred pronouns
- Refusing to allow an employee to use the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity or harassing an employee for doing so
- Posted images or signs that are sexual in nature, or which have statements or opinions regarding sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, etc.
- Creating or enforcing dress code standards or policies that disproportionately affect certain individuals or groups
Note that when it comes to harassment, there is no minimum employer size. Unlike with cases involving gender-based discrimination, anti-harassment laws do apply to employers with fewer than five employees.
What Is the Difference Between Sex and Gender Discrimination?
Sex and gender discrimination are closely tied, yet they have two distinct meanings. A person’s sex refers to whether they are genetically male or female. Gender refers to which sex someone most closely identifies with.
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Suing an Employer for Gender Discrimination
If you are unable to resolve the issue through the available administrative processes, including mediation, you may bring a lawsuit against your employer and seek compensation for your damages. Doing so entails proving that your employer unlawfully discriminated against you based on your gender (as defined by law). This can be extremely difficult to prove without the help of a skilled and knowledgeable attorney.
At KJT Law Group, we have extensive experience handling all types of employment-related discrimination and harassment claims. What’s more, we are passionate about standing up for the rights of ordinary workers and individuals who have suffered greatly at the hands of powerful and unjust employers. We are committed to providing every single one of our clients with a high level of service and support throughout the legal process. When you choose our team, you will receive attentive, personalized legal representation and consistent communication, available 24/7.
How to File a Gender Discrimination Complaint in California
If you have been discriminated against or harassed based on your gender, you are entitled to file an official complaint. You can share your concerns with a supervisor or report the discrimination or harassment to your company’s human resources (HR) department. If you are unable to resolve the issue internally, you can file a complaint with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEA) or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
In most cases, California laws offer more protection than federal statutes when it comes to gender discrimination and harassment in the workplace. Because of this, it is often more advantageous to file a complaint with the DFEA. However, our Los Angeles gender discrimination attorneys at KJT Law Group can help you understand your options and determine the best course of action.iscrimination Complaint in California
Let our experienced attorneys lead the fight. No case is too small and no odds are too daunting for us to roll up our sleeves, go to work, and win for our clients.
Our firm is ready to help you fight for justice. You could be owed back-pay, reinstatement, and compensation for additional damages, such as pain and suffering. Our attorneys not only know how the law applies to your unique case but are also prepared to build the strongest possible claim on your behalf. While we strive to help our clients achieve timely, favorable resolutions, we recognize that reaching a settlement with a past, current, or prospective employer is not always possible. When necessary, we are fully prepared to represent you and your rights in court.
KJT Law Group offers free initial consultations and contingency fees. This means you will not pay any out-of-pocket expenses when you work with our Los Angeles gender discrimination attorneys. Instead, we only collect attorney fees if/when we recover compensation for you.
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