Gender Discrimination Attorneys for Los Angeles, Kern, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura Counties

What is Gender Discrimination in California Workplaces?

Gender discrimination in California workplaces refers to the discriminatory treatment of individuals based on their sex or gender. This discrimination can manifest in various ways, including hiring practices, promotion decisions, terminations, and more.

What Laws Govern Sex Discrimination in California?

The Fair Employment and Housing Act prohibits employers with five or more employees from discriminating against job applicants and employees based on a protected characteristic.  Protected characteristics include sex and gender.  “Sex” encompasses both sex (i.e., the biological differences between men and women) and gender (a person’s gender-related appearance and behavior regardless of assigned sex at birth or sexual orientation). Thus, adverse employment actions based on gender, or stereotypes connected with gender, are unlawful. Similarly, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 also protect employees from discrimination based on an array of traits and characteristics that are part of an individual’s sex and gender.

Why do Some Employers Discriminate on the Basis of Sex or Gender?

Sex or gender discrimination in the workplace can stem from various factors. Some employers may discriminate based on sex due to stereotypes, biases, or prejudices. These can be conscious or unconscious beliefs about the roles, abilities, and value of individuals based on their sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation. For instance, some employers might hold outdated beliefs that certain jobs are better suited for men while others are better suited for women. These stereotypes can lead to discriminatory hiring practices and unfair treatment in the workplace.  In some cases, discrimination may also occur due to a lack of awareness or understanding of the law. Some employers may not realize that their actions constitute discrimination. It is important to note that regardless of the reasons behind it, sex-based discrimination is unlawful and can have serious legal consequences for employers.

Contact Akopyan Law Firm A.P.C. if you believe you are the victim of sex discrimination in Los Angeles, Bakersfield, Orange, Oxnard, Riverside, San Bernardino, or Ventura.

What Are the Elements of Sex or Gender Discrimination

To establish a prima facie case of gender discrimination, a plaintiff-employee must generally show that: (1) she is a member of a protected group; (2) she was subjected to an adverse employment decision; (3) she was qualified for the position; and (4) she was replaced by a person outside the protected class, or similarly situated non-protected employees were treated more favorably.

Why Contact an Employment Attorney for Los Angeles, Bakersfield, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura?

Contacting an employment attorney can be crucial for a number of reasons:

Expertise and Knowledge: Employment attorneys are knowledgeable about labor laws, including federal and California state laws related to sex discrimination. They understand the complexities of these laws and can guide you through the process of filing a complaint or lawsuit.

Case Evaluation: An experienced attorney can evaluate your case, help you gather necessary evidence, and determine if you have a valid claim for discrimination. We offer a complimentary case evaluation.

Representation: If your case goes to court, having an attorney to represent you is vital. They can prepare your case, present evidence, cross-examine witnesses, and argue on your behalf.

Negotiation Skills: If a settlement is possible, an employment attorney can negotiate with your employer or their legal team to ensure you receive fair compensation.

Local Knowledge: An attorney from the area where the discrimination occurred will be familiar with local courts, judges, and other attorneys, which can be an advantage in your case.

An experienced employment attorney from Akopyan Law Firm A.P.C. can provide the support and representation you need to seek justice.

Akopyan Law Firm A.P.C. – Protecting Employee Rights in Southern California

If you are facing unjust treatment in your workplace, you are welcomed to call the Akopyan Law Firm, A.P.C. We focus on employment law and have a proven history of helping employees suffering from unjust workplace practices.

When you call us, you will speak with one of our experienced employment attorneys regarding your concerns. We provide a complimentary case evaluation.

Get in touch with us today at (818) 509-9975 to arrange your complimentary case evaluation.

Frequently Asked Questions About Sex Discrimination in Los Angeles, Bakersfield, Orange, Oxnard, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura

My male manager often makes derogatory comments in my presence about women, such as all women are “bitches.” I feel threatened and upset when he makes those kinds of comments, do I have any rights?

Yes. The law prohibits sex discrimination and sexual harassment. You may have a sexual harassment and discrimination claim especially if, in addition to these comments, your manager shows favoritism to male employees and treats you and your female co-workers unfairly. Remember that every situation is different – contact the sex discrimination lawyers Akopyan Law Firm A.P.C.  to discuss your case with us.

Can I sue my male supervisor for discriminating against me because of my sex? 

The Fair Employment and Housing Act only permits sexual discrimination lawsuits against employers and not individual managers or co-workers. However, discrimination and harassment often occur together, and you may have a sexual harassment claim against your manager.

Although I have more experience, training, and have been with the company longer, my boss promoted a male colleague, claiming that he was more dedicated to the company. Do I have any rights? 

Depending on the circumstances, you may have a sex discrimination claim against your employer for his preferential treatment of your male colleague. Discuss your situation during a complimentary case evaluation with our employment law attorneys.

My employer discriminated against me for asking to take time to breastfeed my newborn. Do I have any rights?

Yes, discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions is treated as sex discrimination under both the Fair Employment and Housing Act and the Federal Title VII laws. You may also have claims against your employer for violation of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.

Featured Sex Discrimination Case

Bostock v. Clayton Cnty., Georgia, 590 U.S. 644, (2020)

Clayton County, Geor[1]gia, fired Gerald Bostock for conduct “unbecoming” a county employee shortly after he began participating in a gay recreational softball league. Altitude Express fired Donald Zarda days after he mentioned being gay. And R. G. & G. R. Harris Funeral Homes fired Aimee Ste[1]phens, who presented as a male when she was hired, after she in[1]formed her employer that she planned to “live and work full-time as a woman.” Each employee sued, alleging sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Eleventh Circuit held that Title VII does not prohibit employers from firing employees for being gay and so Mr. Bostock’s suit could be dismissed as a matter of law. The Second and Sixth Circuits, however, allowed the claims of Mr. Zarda and Ms. Stephens, respectively, to proceed. On appeal the United States Supreme Court helpd that an employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender violates Title VII. Title VII makes it “unlawful . . . for an employer to fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual, or otherwise to discriminate against any individual . . . because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.” The straightforward application of Title VII’s terms interpreted in accord.

Contact Us When You Need an Employment Law Attorney for Los Angeles, Bakersfield, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, or Ventura

Call us today at (818) 509-9975 or contact us online to schedule a complimentary case evaluation. We have extensive experience in all aspects of employment law, including sex discrimination cases.

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The litigation and trial attorneys of the Akopyan Law Firm, A.P.C. provide services throughout Southern California including but not limited to AdelantoAgoura HillsAlhambraAliso ViejoAltadenaAnaheimApple ValleyArcadiaArletaAtwater VillageAzuzaBakersfieldBaldwin ParkBanningBeaumontBellBell GardensBellflowerBeverly HillsBlytheBoyle HeightsBreaBrentwoodBuena ParkBurbankCalabasasCalimesaCamarilloCanoga ParkCanyon LakeCarsonCathedral CityCerritosChatsworthChino HillsChinoClaremontCoachellaColtonComptonCosta MesaCoronaCovinaCulver CityCypressDana PointDesert Hot SpringsDiamond BarDowneyDuarteEagle RockEast HollywoodEast Los AngelesEastvaleEcho ParkEl MonteEl SegundoEl SerenoEncinoFontanaFountain ValleyFullertonGardenaGarden GroveGlassell ParkGlendaleGlendoraGranada HillsHacienda HeightsHawthorneHemetHesperiaHighland ParkHighlandHollywoodHollywood HillsHuntington BeachHuntington ParkIndian WellsIndioInglewoodIrvineJurupa ValleyLa Canada FlintridgeLa-Crescenta MontroseLa HabraLa MiradaLa PalmaLa PuenteLa QuintaLa VerneLaguna BeachLaguna HillsLaguna NiguelLaguna WoodsLakewoodLake BalboaLake ElsinoreLake ForestLancasterLawndaleLincoln HeightsLoma LindaLong BeachLos AlamitosLos AngelesLos FelizLynwoodManhattan BeachMar VistaMaywoodMenifeeMission HillsMission ViejoMonroviaMontclairMontebelloMonterey ParkMoorparkMoreno ValleyMurrietaNewbury ParkNewhallNewport BeachNorcoNorth HillsNorth HollywoodNorthridgeNorwalkOntarioOrangeOxnardPacific PalisadesPacoimaPalos VerdesPalmdalePalm DesertPalm SpringsPanorama CityParamountPasadenaPerrisPico RiveraPlacentiaPomonaPorter RanchRancho CucamongaRancho MirageRancho Santa MargaritaRedondo BeachResedaRialtoRiversideRosemeadRowland HeightsSan BernardinoSan ClementeSan DimasSan GabrielSan FernandoSan JacintoSan Juan CapistranoSan PedroSanta AnaSanta ClaritaSanta MonicaSawtelleSeal BeachShadow HillsSherman OaksSilver LakeSimi ValleySouth El MonteSouth GateSouth PasadenaSouth WhittierStantonStudio CitySun ValleySunlandSylmarTarzanaTemeculaTemple CityThousand OaksToluca LakeTorranceTujungaTustinTwentynine PalmsUplandValenciaValley GlenValley VillageVan NuysVenturaVictorvilleWalnutWest CovinaWest HillsWest HollywoodWest Puente ValleyWestchesterWestminsterWestwoodWhittierWildomarWinnetkaWoodland HillsYorba Linda