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San Francisco Gender Discrimination Attorneys

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reports that 18,762, or 30.6 percent of the 61,331 total discrimination charges filed in the fiscal year 2021, related to sex. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) all contain provisions prohibiting discrimination based on a person’s gender or sex.

The EEOC further notes that sex discrimination involves an applicant or employee being treated unfavorably because of their sex, including their sexual orientation, gender identity, or pregnancy. Discrimination laws apply to all aspects of employment, meaning there cannot be an unfavorable treatment of a person in terms of hiring, firing, job assignments, pay, layoff, promotions, fringe benefits, training, or any other term or condition of employment.

Types of Gender Discrimination 

Three of the most common examples of gender or sex discrimination include:

  • Wage DiscriminationSome employers may pay employees of one sex more than employees of the other sex even though they are performing the same work. Wage discrimination is a violation of the California Fair Pay Act, the Equal Pay Act, and multiple other laws.
  • Sexual HarassmentSexual harassment could involve a boss or supervisor demanding or requesting sexual favors in exchange for continued employment or other benefits, also known as quid pro quo sexual harassment. The other type of sexual harassment is a hostile work environment claim in which a workplace becomes dominated by offensive, sexually explicit material or employees are subjected to sexually abusive behaviors from other workers.
  • Pregnancy Discrimination — An employer could take adverse employment actions against female employees because of their pregnancies or childbirths. These claims often involve employers treating pregnancy-related disabilities differently than other types of disability.

Other common reasons for gender or sex discrimination claims can include the following:

  • Receiving lower-paying or lower-ranking positions on account of a person’s sex or gender
  • Misgendering (also known as “mispronouning”), or purposefully using the wrong gender or sex identity or pronouns to address a person
  • Derogatory comments, slurs, hostile remarks, or other verbal abuse about a person’s sex or gender
  • A person being denied a promotion, pay raise, or training opportunities given to other people of the other sex or gender who are equally or less qualified
  • Criticism of a person for not acting or presenting themselves in a way that conforms to traditional ideas of femininity or masculinity
  • Limited access to all-gender restrooms
  • Less desirable assignments or opportunities for advancement
  • Disfavoring a person based on their sex or gender
  • Being intentionally misgendered
  • Being left out of decision-making opportunities
  • Using crude and harmful language based on a person’s sex, gender, or gender expression
  • Unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other physical or verbal abuse
  • A person being held to a different standard because of their sex or gender
  • Intimidating someone based on their sex or gender
  • Being more harshly criticized because of a person’s sex or gender

Contact Our San Francisco Gender Discrimination Attorneys

If you think that you have been the victim of sex or gender discrimination in California, it will be important for you to retain legal counsel without delay. Olivier & Schreiber, LLP works very hard to help people achieve the most favorable possible outcomes in their cases.

Our firm can take the time to fully investigate your case and collect all of the evidence you will need to prove your claim in court. Contact us online to set up a free consultation with our San Francisco gender discrimination attorneys.


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