You probably remember your early days at the California company where you worked for several decades. You were so happy even to have gained an entry-level position because you knew it was a good start and there would be opportunity for advancement. Some call this starting from the ground up and it definitely served you well in life. You went from the stockroom to a top executive position before you reached age 40.
If you experienced inappropriate or unfair treatment in the workplace, you may feel both embarrassed or overwhelmed by your situation. While it may be difficult to do so, you have the right to speak up for yourself and hold the appropriate parties accountable for what you experienced. Workplace harassment is unacceptable, and you do not have to stand for it.
Are things becoming uncomfortable at the office? Where you used to shine and thrive, do you now meet awkward glances and stilted conversation? Maybe there is a younger group of executives moving in, and you don't fit with the new brand the company is trying to create. Are you sensing that the ax is about to fall?
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.
If you suspect that you are not paid fairly, you have the right to seek help and take action to protect yourself and your financial interests. However, you would be wise to first understand if you are an exempt employee or non-exempt employee, and what your status means for your rights per the Fair Labor Standards Act.