Bakersfield Gender Discrimination Attorneys

We have been representing employees who have been wronged by their employers for the last several decades. It takes a highly qualified Bakersfield attorney to make sure that you have all the necessary pieces of evidence to bring forward when filing a discrimination claim.

Going through a discriminatory experience could be very traumatic. That is why our Bakersfield gender discrimination lawyers are here to help. We recommend that you contact our office as soon as possible.

What is considered gender discrimination?

Gender discrimination applies to several different laws that protect employees who have a specific trait. Under California Code Section 11030, gender or sex is defined as:

  • Sex: the biological term assigned to one at birth.
  • Gender identity: this is the gender that the individual identifies with. For example, an individual can identify as a male, female, transgender, etc.
  • Gender expression: gender expression is the way in which an individual expresses themself, this could be done through several different ways such as speech.
  • Transgender: transgender is one whose gender they identify with does not correlate to the sex that they were given at the time of their birth.

What is the most common type of sexual identity discrimination?

Sometimes, employees may assume a person’s gender or sex simply because of the way they appear, or through generalized stereotypes. 

What are the different laws that protect gender discrimination in the workplace?

There are specific laws that do not allow for gender discrimination in the workplace in Bakersfield, California. This includes:

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964: this act is a federal act enacted by the federal government that applies to all states in America. This act prohibits discrimination based on sex or gender during the hiring process, termination of the employment, compensation of the employee, and training of the employee.
  • California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act: this is a state law enacted by California that adds more protections to those who belong to a specific gender identity or expression. This act expands the definition of gender identity and provides more protections for those employees who are transitioning.
  • Equal Pay Act of 1963: this is considered to be one of the most important laws that have addressed gender discrimination in the workplace. The Equal Pay Act makes sure that employers do not pay women less or differently from other employees. 

How can I prove gender discrimination at work?

Many people think that discrimination is very obvious. For example, remarks made to an employee could be heard by other employees at the workplace. But, usually, gender discrimination in the workplace is done subtly. For example, a female could get denied ever being interviewed by an employer. In other cases, a female may get paid less than a male in the same position and the female may not even know about it. Some examples of the most common types of gender discrimination in the workplace include:

  • Being excluded from a meeting
  • Not being promoted from to a job
  • Feeling uncomfortable at work
  • Sexual assault or harassment
  • Being retaliated against for reporting the gender discrimination
  • Being asked to wear a specific style of clothing that is revealing or makes the employee feel uncomfortable

What is wrongful retaliation?

We understand how difficult it can be to come forward and report the gender discrimination experience that you have faced to your employer, supervisor, manager, human resources department, or attorney. But, retaliation should not scare you from speaking up. Retaliation is unlawful and illegal in california. This means that you cannot get treated unfairly, such as getting fired, decreased pay, relocated, or denied benefits simply because you spoke up and reported that gender discrimination took place.

California employers are not allowed to retaliate against their employees for speaking up. Employees should always feel comfortable speaking up and reporting any unfair treatment.

What are examples of gender discrimination in the workplace?

  • Stella is applying to a sales position.  Stella has more than 10 years of experience in sales, and there is another candidate named Bob who has only 3 years of experience in sales. Because Stella is a female, she did not make it to the final round of interviews, and instead, Bob did because he is a male.
  • Stella and Bob have the same position at work and have been working at their position for the same amount of time. However, Stella discovers that Bob is paid more than her, and also qualifies for other benefits such as 401k.
  • Stella applies for a job at a construction site. The hiring manager declines even to interview Stella because she is not fit for the job because she is a female.
  • Stella has held the position for about 3 years. However, she just told her supervisor that she is pregnant. Her supervisor is now not considering her for a promotion because Stella may have to take time off to care for her child.

Above are just some examples of gender discrimination that females may face in the workplace. Unfortunately, discrimination is not so clear-cut and obvious. Discriminatory motives of employers may be hitting behind other actions. That is why we recommend that you contact a Bakersfield experienced employment attorney as soon as possible so we can get ahead and build your claim. 

When should I contact an employment attorney in Bakersfield?

If you have experienced any type of unfair treatment by your employer, and believe that the reason for this unfair treatment is because your employer has a discriminatory motive, you should contact us straight away to see if you have a case. The sooner you speak to our attorneys, the better. Unfortunately, sometimes evidence could get destroyed very quickly. For example, companies may have a retention policy with their emails, and emails may only be accessible for a couple of months. After those months, emails may be deleted. In the event that you have received any discriminatory or harassing remarks through email, make sure that you document it right away.

We always want to make sure that our clients feel as comfortable as possible, that is why we offer complimentary and confidential consultations to discuss the specifics of the discrimination claim. We will answer any questions or concerns you may have, along with determining what the next steps are for you.

Legal Representation for Gender Discrimination in Bakersfield

Contact our Bakersfield discrimination lawyers today for a free one-on-one consultation.

Our attorneys work hard to make sure that employees feel safe at the workplace every single day. But, unfortunately, there are several different circumstances where employees may not feel so safe or comfortable at the workplace. Employers in Bakersfield have a responsibility to make sure that there is no hostile work environment, and no person experiences gender discrimination.

Our attorneys can help you get the compensation you need in the event that you have been laid off, relocated, denied pay, or have been denied benefits from your employer. Each discrimination case is different, so call for a free case evaluation today.