Sexual discrimination claims
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We help clients in Los Angeles and California resolve their sexual discrimination disputes with their employers.
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Sexual discrimination definition
Sexual discrimination refers to treating someone in an unfavorable manner because of their sex, and both federal and state laws prohibit such discrimination in the workplace.
Sexual discrimination also encompasses discrimination based on other factors stemming from an employee's sex, including:
Pregnancy and childbirth
Gender identity and gender expression
Sexual discrimination laws
On the federal level, both Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) prohibit sexual discrimination. Californians have further protection from the state Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).
Types of discrimination
There are different protected factors involved in sexual discrimination, and there are also different ways that employers might discriminate based on someone's sex. The following are some common types of sexual discrimination:
Discrimination in hiring
Discrimination in firing
Policies or practices with disparate impact
Hiring discrimination based on gender
Unless an employer has a specific reason - such as needing male models for a specific project - companies may not restrict hiring based on an applicant's gender. Employers generally may not inquire about pregnancy or future pregnancy, LGBTQ status, or other gender-based factors on applications, in interviews, or during the hiring process.
Firing discrimination based on gender
In California, in some cases, employers will terminate an employee because of their sex or related reasons, which constitutes wrongful termination. Often, discriminatory firing constitutes unlawful retaliation. This can happen when an employee reports discrimination or harassment at work, and the employer fires them.