For decades, sexual discrimination has been one of the most argued employment issues in the country. This is because employers still provide unequal pay between the two genders in spite of the several federal and state laws prohibiting them from doing so. If you are new to this kind of issue, you should know that there are several kinds of sexual discrimination in the workplace. Below are seven "tangible actions" that are based on discrimination:
- Job application or when hiring â€“ A male employee applies for a secretarial job. The employer refuses to hire him because he only wants female secretaries in his office.
- Wrongful or discriminatory termination â€“ A female employee was terminated by her employer for not wearing skirts and skimpy female clothing. He said she was not "female enough".
- During promotions or demotions â€“ A male employee was promoted while a female employee who has the same skills was not.
- Stagnant salaries â€“ A male employee has worked for a company for several years already and has taken responsibility of a lot of tasks. Then, a new female worker was immediately given a salary raise after a few months.
- Failure to provide benefits to some employees â€“ A pregnant employee was not given pregnancy leaves and benefits by her employer.
- Unequal pay between both sexes â€“ A male and a female worker, who have the same skills and specialties and work in the same position have different salary rates.
- Harassment actions and statements regarding a person's gender â€“ An employer or supervisor makes offensive and sexual statements about an employee's appearance.
All these seven actions are prohibited under federal labor laws. Under the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, employees should not be discriminated against based on their race, age, gender, religion or disability. There are also state laws that do not tolerate discrimination at work. California, for instance, has the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) which covers private and public companies, labor organizations and agencies and local governments that have more than five employees.
If you have been subject to discrimination by your employer, you have the right to file legal charges against him. There are several expert discrimination attorneys in Los Angeles who can stand for your rights and pursue your case.
It seems sexual discrimination is an employment problem that is here to stay. If you have some complaints or concerns regarding this issue, just go to a Los Angeles labor lawyer to provide valuable legal help.