Discrimination of all kinds is illegal in California, including a type of mistreatment related to a person's gender. State laws, federal laws and society in general condemns and prohibits any type of gender-related discrimination, but that does not mean that it does not still happen.
In fact, the mistreatment you are currently experiencing in the workplace could be more than just bad jokes and minor bullying. It could be a type of gender discrimination. If you believe that you are a victim, you would be wise to work closely with a lawyer who can help you understand your rights and determine if you should move forward with a civil claim against your employer.
What exactly is gender discrimination?
Gender discrimination, also known as sex discrimination, constitutes any unfair or unequal treatment solely based on gender. It is not necessarily unfair for men and women to receive different treatment, but it is illegal when that difference is blatant and unfair. Often, gender discrimination includes gross discrepancies of the treatment of men and women when it comes to the following:
- Hiring practices
- Working conditions
There are many different ways that you could experience unfair treatment, and there are many different types of gender-based discrimination. For example, inappropriate jokes, sexual advances and unwanted physical contact could be both a type of discrimination and harassment. Employers have the obligation to address any reports of sexual harassment and move to remedy any situation that may be discriminatory.
Despite your fears over what will happen to your career or threats from your employer, you have the right to take legal action to protect yourself after experiencing gender-based discrimination. It is always worthwhile to protect your interests and hold liable parties accountable for wrongdoing. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you could be eligible for financial compensation due to the discrimination you experienced.
Fight for fair treatment at your workplace
Dealing with unfair treatment in the workplace can be frustrating and overwhelming, especially if you fear that your job may be on the line. You may find it useful to seek the help and support of an experienced attorney to better understand how you can confront this unfortunate situation and make it stop.
Fighting for fair treatment in your workplace begins with reaching out for a complete evaluation of your case with a legal professional. Not only will this determine if you are indeed a victim of gender discrimination, it will allow you to move forward with the appropriate legal course of action with confidence.