Gender discrimination is any kind of difference in treatment or opportunity made solely on the basis of a person’s sex. Traditionally, women bore the brunt of gender discrimination and were excluded from certain educational and employment opportunities. Although they are less likely to be entirely excluded from any profession or job category today, women still face gender discrimination when it comes to determining salary. They are also more likely to be assigned to lower level clerical jobs and to be promoted less often, hitting what is referred to as the “glass ceiling,” a level beyond which it is difficult to rise in the corporate world.
A relatively new challenge to human rights and workplace equality in the 21st century is the fact that the concept of gender is becoming more fluid. Homosexuality is no longer hidden as gay marriage is becoming mainstream, and individuals no longer feel compelled to behave in the manner that society expects of their gender. Additionally, people are now able to determine their gender for themselves, regardless of the sex they were born. With more openly homosexual and transgendered people in the workforce, tolerance for diversity is more important than ever, to preserve a workplace where worker dignity is protected. Regardless of gender, whether biological or chosen, everyone has the right to work for a living in a non-hostile, equal opportunity environment.
DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN
Sexual discrimination against women was made illegal by The Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. The Equal Pay Act of 1963 had made salary discrimination against women illegal. Nevertheless, women currently earn only $.77 to every dollar that men are paid in the United States today.
DISCRIMINATION BASED ON NON-STEREOTYPIC LIFESTYLES AND GENDER CHOICE
The right to be free from discrimination based on gender choice or failing to adhere to cultural gender-related stereotypes is protected by state and federal legislation.
Gender is defined as “a person’s sex, including the person’s gender identity and gender-related appearance and behavior, regardless of whether or not it is stereotypically associated with the person’s assigned sex at birth.” Discrimination against an individual because that person is transgender, also called gender identity discrimination, is a form of prohibited sex discrimination in violation of Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 , as well as a violation of California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).
If you have experienced any of the following forms of discrimination at work based on your gender, you should consult a California employment attorney to learn about your legal options. In San Diego, you will find a team of attorneys experienced in state and federal employment and dedicated to workplace equality at the law firm of Zeldes, Haeqquist & Eck, LLP.
These are a few common manifestations of gender discrimination:
- Wrongful termination
- Unfair work assignments
- Hiring discrimination
- Exclusion from training or promotion opportunities
- Persistent harassment
- Gender-based salary inequality
EXPERIENCED GENDER DISCRIMINATION ATTORNEYS SAN DIEGO ZELDES, HAEQQUIST & ECK, LLP
If your employer is making employment decisions based on stereotyping or gender roles, they are in violation of the law. Don’t suffer in silence. If you believe you have been subjected to sex or gender discrimination in the San Diego area, contact Zeldes, Haeqquist, & Eck, LLP, to arrange a free consultation with one of our experienced, knowledgeable, and passionate gender discrimination attorneys to fight aggressively for your right to workplace equality. We are deeply committed to the human rights and dignity of all Californians and take pride in our success in helping to create equal employment opportunity for everyone.