Los Angeles Gender & Pregnancy Discrimination Lawyers
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Discriminating against employees based on their gender and/or pregnancy status is illegal. Unfortunately, this type of workplace discrimination is not uncommon, causing victims to endure psychological stress, as well as financial stress if discrimination leads to job loss.
At Broslavsky & Weinman, our Los Angeles gender & pregnancy discrimination attorneys strive to help victims of such discrimination to obtain compensation for the losses they have suffered and assist them in bringing their cases to successful resolution.
Have You Been the Target of Gender or Pregnancy Discrimination at Work in Los Angeles?
Gender and pregnancy discrimination can take various forms in the workplace, with some forms being more overt than others. In general, you may have been the victim of gender or pregnancy discrimination at work if or when your employer has done any of the following based on your gender, your pregnancy or the fact that you have a pregnancy-related medical condition:
- Not hired you, even though you can fulfill the duties of/are qualified for the position
- Discriminated against you in terms of pay, benefits and/or possible promotions
- Discriminated against you in terms of training and/or job assignments
- Demoted you, laid you off or fired you
- Forced you to quit or terminated you
- Prevented you from returning to work (following childbirth) even though you are ready to start working again
- Failed to keep your job for you following a short leave of absence for pregnancy-related issues
- Subjected you to any type of harassment relating to your gender or pregnancy
Contact Gender & Pregnancy Discrimination Attorney in Los Angeles
If you have been discriminated against based on sex or pregnancy, contact our Los Angeles employment lawyers to assist you. To find out more about your rights and potential claims, set up a free initial consult with one of our gender & pregnancy discrimination lawyers by calling us at (310) 575-2550 or emailing us for a quick response.
With office locations in Los Angeles and San Bernardino, our gender & pregnancy discrimination attorneys provide legal service and representation to clients throughout California.
Frequently Asked Questions for our Los Angeles Gender & Pregnancy Discrimination Lawyer
What is gender and pregnancy discrimination in the workplace?
Gender and pregnancy discrimination refer to unequal treatment of employees based on their gender or pregnancy status. This can include unequal pay, denial of promotions or benefits, harassment, or termination based on gender or pregnancy. Both federal and state laws protect against such discrimination.
What laws protect against gender and pregnancy discrimination in the workplace?
The federal law that prohibits gender and pregnancy discrimination is Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act is also a federal law that specifically addresses pregnancy discrimination. In California, the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) provides additional protections against gender and pregnancy discrimination in the workplace.
Can an employer pay a woman less than a man for the same work?
No. Gender discrimination in pay is prohibited under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the FEHA. Employees must be paid equal wages for equal work, regardless of gender.
What is considered harassment based on gender or pregnancy?
Harassment based on gender or pregnancy can include offensive remarks or actions related to an individual’s gender or pregnancy status. This can include unwanted sexual advances, comments about physical appearance, or jokes related to gender or pregnancy. If the harassment creates a hostile work environment or results in a negative employment action, it may be illegal.
Can an employer deny a promotion to a woman because she is pregnant?
No. Pregnancy discrimination includes denying promotions or opportunities for advancement based on pregnancy. Employers must provide the same opportunities for advancement to pregnant employees as they do to non-pregnant employees.
What should I do if I think I have been a victim of gender or pregnancy discrimination in the workplace?
If you believe that you have been a victim of gender or pregnancy discrimination, you should document the incidents and report them to your employer. If your employer does not take appropriate action, you may file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) in California.
What are the potential consequences for employers who engage in gender or pregnancy discrimination?
Employers who engage in gender or pregnancy discrimination can face legal action and penalties, including monetary damages for lost wages and emotional distress, as well as injunctive relief such as reinstatement or promotion. Employers may also face damage to their reputation and potential harm to employee morale.
How long do I have to file a gender or pregnancy discrimination claim?
In general, employees have 180 days from the date of the discriminatory act to file a complaint with the EEOC. In California, employees have one year to file a complaint with the DFEH. However, it is recommended that employees take action as soon as possible to preserve their rights.
Can I be retaliated against for filing a gender or pregnancy discrimination complaint?
Retaliation against an employee for filing a discrimination complaint is illegal. This includes any negative employment action, such as termination, demotion, or reduction in pay. If you have been retaliated against for filing a complaint, you should contact an attorney immediately.
Do I need a lawyer to file a gender or pregnancy discrimination claim?
While it is not necessary to have a lawyer file a gender or pregnancy discrimination claim, it is often helpful to have the assistance of an experienced attorney. An attorney can help ensure that your rights are protected and can represent you in negotiations or legal proceedings.