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Gender discrimination in California is the unfair treatment of an individual based on their gender or gender identity, which is illegal under state and federal laws.


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Sex or Gender Discrimination

The FEHA makes it illegal to discriminate based on gender. “Sex” refers to both biological distinctions between men and women as well as a person’s gender-related appearance, regardless of birth sex.

It is prohibited to discriminate in the workplace based on gender or stereotypes associated with a certain gender.


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Am I Being Discriminated Against Based on Gender?

Anything that makes you feel uncomfortable or singled out because of your gender is considered gender discrimination. If everyone in your company is a different gender than you and they routinely engage in unacceptable conduct, you may feel discriminated against. It’s possible that this will involve filthy jokes. It might also be the tone with which employees of a different gender address you. Discussing the circumstances of your case with our gender discrimination lawyers is one guaranteed method to find out if you are being discriminated against because of your gender.

Despite their close relationship, sex and gender discrimination have two separate meanings. Sex refers to whether a person is genetically male or female. Gender is the sex with which a person most closely identifies.

Gender discrimination:

  • Refers to unfair or unequal treatment based on gender identity or expression.
  • This can occur in areas such as employment, education, and housing.
  • Examples include discrimination against transgender individuals, gender-nonconforming individuals, and non-binary individuals.
  • It may also include harassment or violence based on gender identity or expression.

In summary, sex discrimination is based on biological sex, while gender discrimination is based on gender identity or expression.


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What Is the Difference Between Sex and Gender Discrimination?

Here are the key differences between sex and gender discrimination, presented in bullet points:

Sex discrimination:

  • Refers to unfair or unequal treatment based on biological sex.
  • Can occur in areas such as employment, education, and housing.
  • Examples include pay inequality, discriminatory hiring practices, and pregnancy discrimination.

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Examples That Show Gender Discrimination

  • Geraldine applies to be an Account Executive. She has many years of experience working on accounts. She doesn’t hear from the company right away, so she decides to give them a call. The hiring manager gets on the phone and says, “I’m sorry. All of our Account Executives are male employees, and we just don’t think you’d fit in with the environment.”
  • Abby has been at a call centre where she gets to know a coworker, Mark. He was hired around the same time as her, and they graduated with the same degree and were hired right out of college. Abby discovers that he is getting paid a higher wage than her.
  • Abby has been at a call center where she gets to know a coworker, Mark. He was hired around the same time as her and they graduated with the same degree and were hired right out of college. Abby discovers that he is getting paid a higher wage than her.

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Sexual Harassment

Harassment on the basis of a person's refusal to engage in sexual activity can take many forms, ranging from unwanted sexual advances to the denial of employment opportunities.

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Whistleblowers are employees who report the unlawful actions of their employer to the proper authorities. Whistleblowers are legally protected from employer retaliation..


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Frequently Asked Questions

A: Age discrimination is treating an individual unfairly or differently because of their age. This can include denying employment, promotions, or training opportunities based on age.

A: In the United States, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) prohibits employment discrimination against individuals who are 40 years of age or older. Some states may have additional laws protecting against age discrimination.

A: Yes, age discrimination can occur during any stage of the employment process, including hiring. For example, an employer may choose not to hire someone based solely on their age, even if they are otherwise qualified for the position.

A: If you believe you have been a victim of age discrimination, you should speak with an employment lawyer or file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC investigates claims of discrimination and may take legal action against employers who violate anti-discrimination laws.

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