Sex, Gender, and Pregnancy Discrimination and Your Rights
Your sex or gender should not play a role in your success at work. Sadly, many employees are mistreated in the workplace because of their sex. This is not only unfair but also illegal. Employment laws prohibit sex discrimination, and victims can take legal action against their employers. At Le Clerc & Le Clerc LLP in San Francisco, we have helped many victims of sex discrimination file claims against their employers, and we can help you, too.
Is It Sex Discrimination?
What does sex discrimination at work look like? It can vary by case and may be very subtle. Many cases involve female employees being treated differently than male employees. Common examples of sex-based discriminatory action include:
- Female employees not receiving promotions despite their qualifications, while male colleagues face no problems getting promoted
- A female employee being laid off despite having more experience and seniority than male employees at the company
- Female workers receiving unfair access to career training or work experience despite equal skills
- Women receiving fewer raises compared to male coworkers of the same abilities
- Female employees being held to higher standards for their behavior than male colleagues
- Gendered double standards for appropriate workplace attire or appearance
It is illegal to base hiring, firing, and promotion decisions on an employee’s sex. Discrimination can also impact an employee’s pay, benefits, or job status. Employees who believe they have been victims of sex discrimination should contact our lawyers immediately to discuss their case and what legal options are available to help them recover damages.
Pregnancy Discrimination: Uniquely Sex-Based
Pregnancy discrimination is a unique intersection of gender and disability biases. Under the Civil Rights Act, employers cannot discriminate against workers because of a pregnancy. Before laws like the Civil Rights Act, many employers refused to hire pregnant people or terminated people who became pregnant on the assumption that they were worse workers.
Even after anti-discrimination laws were enacted, this behavior is still all too common. Examples of illegal pregnancy discrimination include:
- Refusing to promote someone due to a pregnancy
- Withholding training or employee benefits during their pregnancy
- Reducing someone’s hours because they became pregnant
- Firing someone during protected maternity leave
- Refusing to provide accommodations for pregnancy-related disabilities
In short, employers may not take any adverse employment action against any pregnant person because of their pregnancy.
Experience Matters In Your Case
Our attorneys have more than 25 years of combined experience handling discrimination matters on behalf of employees throughout California. We know what you are going through, and you can trust that we will fight to protect your best interests, whether that means negotiating a favorable settlement or preparing to take your case to trial.Sex discrimination is hard enough to deal with — let us handle your claim, so you can focus on your future. To schedule a free initial consultation, please call our law firm at 415-445-0900 or contact us online.