In an ideal world, gender discrimination in the workplace would be a thing of the past. Unfortunately, it still happens in California and across the country.
If someone has experienced workplace discrimination based on gender, the law is on their side. As established by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act Of 1964, such discrimination is illegal. Since then, other laws have clarified and extended protection against workplace discrimination. On the other hand, some employers break the law in ways that are difficult to prove.
Illegal gender discrimination
Employers can’t legally discriminate based on gender in any area of employment. That includes but is not limited to:
- Interviews and hiring
Types of discrimination
Each case of discrimination looks different, but discrimination does tend to fall into a few categories. Sometimes, an employer ignores someone based on gender. The employer might also deny promotions or fail to offer training that other employees receive.
In other cases, the discrimination is sexual. Sexual harassment is a particularly insidious type of gender discrimination, creating a disrespectful and unsafe environment for the victims. One’s employer or coworkers might create a hostile work environment by engaging in non-sexual harassment, too. Gender-based bullying and insults are never acceptable.
Some employers are unwilling to hire pregnant women. In some cases, they’re reluctant to hire any women at all because they fear that a woman might become pregnant in the future. Notably, even asking a woman about pregnancy during an interview is illegal discrimination.
Victims of gender-based discrimination deserve better. If you’ve been the victim of illegal discrimination, you might benefit from contacting an attorney with employment law experience.