Did you know that you could file a lawsuit against your employer if you believe that it has discriminated against you because of your gender?
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission defines gender discrimination as “treating someone (an applicant or employee) unfavorably because of that person’s sex.” These issues can exist in the form of recruitment, promotion, wage disputes, denial of family leave or wrongful termination based on gender.
How Do I Know If I Have Been Discriminated Against Because of My Gender?
There are typically two types of gender discrimination, disparate treatment (when an employee is adversely treated because of his or her gender identity) and disparate impact (when an employee is adversely affected or disadvantaged because of his or her gender because of a policy or guideline of the employer).
A good example of a lawsuit that we blogged about recently occurred in Indio, where, according to MyDesert.com, the former assistant city manager of Indio has settled a gender discrimination case against the city for $300,000.
In her lawsuit, Tara Adams claimed retaliation for undertaking an investigation into a sexual and racial harassment case, retaliation for being a whistle-blower and failure by the city to take corrective action, according to MyDesert.com.
Adams was named interim city manager in April 2010 when the former city manager retired. According to her lawsuit, Adams’ salary as interim manager was 36 percent less than the former male city manager. Adams also claimed she was retaliated against because of her involvement in an internal investigation about complaints of racial and sexual harassment by employees of the city’s planning department.
There is more information on gender discrimination laws available on our site. If your rights have been violated, you may be entitled to compensation. Please contact our firm today for a free consultation.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob—Los Angeles discrimination attorneys
Did You Know? Discrimination laws cover you the very first moment you begin to interact with an employer.