Sex + Gender

California law prohibits discrimination against and harassment of employees based on sex or gender and retaliation against employees who complain about gender discrimination or harassment. Men and women are entitled to equal pay, benefits, training, and promotional opportunities in the workplace. Employers may not treat men and women differently in making employment decisions such as hiring, termination, promotion, training, or compensation.

Gender discrimination can be subtle and takes many forms. Employers cannot, for example, pass women over for promotion based on the assumption that women in general are not “aggressive” enough for the position or have higher turnover rates. Similarly, employers may not refuse to hire a man based on their impression that the position is a “woman’s job,” or because their customers prefer doing business with women. Employers also may not discriminate against employees who do not conform to gender stereotypes, such by terminating a woman because she is too “macho” or wears pants. Discrimination based on gender identity or gender expression, sexual harassment, and pregnancy discrimination also constitute unlawful sex or gender discrimination.

If you believe you may have been discriminated against, harassed, or terminated because of your sex or gender, or your employer is retaliating against you for complaining about sex or gender discrimination or harassment, you need employment law specialists on your side. Sarnoff + Sarnoff is committed to advancing employee rights and bringing to justice any employer that engages in, encourages, or fails to prevent discrimination, harassment, or retaliation in the workplace. Give us a call at (415) 788-0888, email us at info@sarnofflaw.com, or complete our online contact form to find out whether your rights have been violated and if we can help.

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