Sex and gender discrimination is an increasing area of legal concern as the number of women and openly gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals enter the workforce. State and federal laws mandate that these employees are given equal access and protections. Yet, too often they are discriminated against simply because of their sex or gender identification.
More Than 40 Years of Experience Fighting for Employees' Rights
Allred, Maroko & Goldberg in Los Angeles was founded in 1976. Since then, the firm has built a national reputation for handling complex employment law cases where individuals were denied their basic rights and protections. If you believe you have been denied a job, fired, harassed or otherwise mistreated due to your sex or because you are a member of the GLBT community, please contact our sex discrimination attorneys for a case evaluation.
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Our firm is dedicated to serving the interests of the California GLBT community. We have spent 40 years advocating on behalf of equal rights for all individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation.
Our lawyers' ability to successfully interpret and apply California and federal employment laws have led to millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients. Some examples of successful sex discrimination cases follow:
- $1.68 million settlement for a group of female farm workers who were denied work because of their sex
- $440,000 settlement for a female bank executive who was denied decision-making responsibilities and demoted to handling lesser tasks by her male colleagues
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.
An individual may be discriminated against at work because of his or her sex such as denying a job to someone because she is female. Or someone may be discriminated against because he is genetically male, but identifies more as a female. Employment laws protect against these and other similar situations.
What Is Considered Sex Discrimination?
Sex discrimination in the workplace can be one of the easiest things to spot — or the hardest. It all depends on the situation. Despite increased attention to gender equality, gender biases remain. Below is a list of the most common examples of sex discrimination at work:
- Unequal pay — Men and women may not receive the same pay despite having the same position and status at work.
- Different job responsibilities — Men and women may be given different duties such as men being asked to lift heavy items or women being tasked to handle only administrative duties.
- Interview questions — Men and women may face very different interview questions, including women being asked if they have children or if they plan to have children.
- Advancement opportunities — Men and women should receive equal opportunities for advancement without their sex or gender playing a role in promotion or hiring decisions.
- Gender-specific dress code — Men and women should have similar dress codes versus only requiring women to follow a dress code that requires them to wear dresses or skirts.
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If you have been discriminated against because of your sex or gender orientation, please contact our lawyers to discuss your legal options. Contact us online, call our Los Angeles office at 323-302-4774 or call our New York office at 212-202-2966 to arrange a free case evaluation.