Gender discrimination and harassment
Do you feel that your boss doesn’t like you because of your gender? Do people tell jokes about you or about gender in the workplace that make you uncomfortable? Has your employer bullied you because of your gender? Do you feel you were fired because of your gender? We can help!
What rights do you have in the workplace?
Gender discrimination is when your employer treats you or your co-workers differently because of gender. Maybe your boss gives the men perks and privileges, or maybe he favors the women and lets them come in late or leave early. Either way, your employer’s behavior is illegal.
You have the right to come into your workplace and not worry about which group is the “favorite”.
It’s also illegal to provide training opportunities or other tools so that one gender ends up with an advantage over the other gender. This is true no matter what gender your boss is.
You have the right to come into your workplace and not worry about which group is the “favorite” based on gender. That’s wrong! Gender discrimination is illegal. If you are treated unfairly because of your gender, you have rights!
Are you being treated unfairly or bullied?
It is illegal for an employer to refuse to hire you because of your gender, or hire you and then pay you less. Maybe you’re not getting the good job assignments, or you’re not being promoted. Your boss may even intimidate, harass, or fire you because of your gender. Let us help you.
Gender discrimination can come in the form of stereotyping. If your boss assigns certain duties to men or women in your workplace, it may reveal a gender bias that's unfair.
Gender discrimination can come in the form of stereotyping. If your boss assigns certain duties to men or women in your workplace because that’s “normal” to him, it may reveal a gender bias he has that’s unfair. You may feel bullied into going along with things or you may be bullied if you suggest a change.
If your boss or co-workers have made sexist remarks or someone has left something hateful for you to find, call us. We can educate you about your many options.
Is your boss bullying you because you reported discrimination or harrassment?
Perhaps you already suspect that you are being unfairly treated because of your gender. Maybe you told your boss or someone else that you believe your employer is treating you wrongfully because of your gender. You were very courageous to speak up! You have the right to feel safe and to have job security even after complaining.
Retaliation based upon your complaints of gender discrimination or harassment is illegal. Your boss may say that you weren’t being discriminated against based on your gender. But even if your employer can prove that, it’s never fair to discriminate against you because you spoke up. If you feel you’ve been retaliated against because of your complaints, let us help you.
How can I prove my boss harassed or discriminated against me because of my gender?
Not just in California, but all around the nation, it is illegal to bully and discriminate against you because of your gender. The U.S. Supreme Court decided in the case of Meritor Savings Bank v. Vinson that as long as you can show that the harassment was severe or pervasive in your workplace, you can prove gender harassment.
It’s common for bad bosses to wait until a time when you’re alone before they harass you.
To prove your case, you only need the judge or jury to believe that you were of a certain gender and that a substantial motivation for your firing, demotion, or harassment was due to your gender. If you have witnesses and documents, of course it’s much easier to prove your case. However, if you don’t have these things, don’t feel discouraged. We have handled many cases where someone has been discriminated and harassed because of their gender, but no one was around to see it and it wasn’t in writing. In fact, it’s pretty common for bad bosses to wait until a time when you’re alone before they harass you.
If you’ve been treated differently because of your gender, that’s wrong. You deserve to be treated with respect.
We can help you fight for justice.
When your employer judges you because of your gender, you can feel hopeless. Employers should not get away with it! By standing up for your rights, you are standing up for yourself. You are also standing up for everyone who has ever suffered the injustice of gender discrimination and harassment.
Please make an appointment for a free consultation in our Newport Beach office. You can contact us by email or phone. We want to help.