Zealous Lawyers Support Employees Who Face Gender Harassment in Los Angeles, California
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While sexual harassment is the most common outlet for workplace harassment, nonsexual gender harassment can also create a hostile work environment and lead to negative employment actions. This provocation arises from co-workers, supervisors, employers or potential employers who have gender biases. Our lawyers at The Ruttenberg Law Firm, PC have extensive experience protecting the rights of employees in Los Angeles and throughout the state. When your employer fails to protect you from gender bias, we quickly and aggressively intervene to secure relief and justice for you.
Gender biases and sexual stereotyping
California law prohibits any type of gender-based harassment, as it applies to employees, applicants and independent contractors, by any persons, including co-workers and supervisors. This specifically includes harassment pertaining to:
- Gender identity and gender expression
- Sexual orientation
- Pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions
Despite the laws, gender bias exists in the workplace and can result in harassment that takes the form of disparaging comments, jokes or negative stereotypes about an individual’s gender. Examples of this include:
- Women are not smart enough or strong enough to do a job
- Women should stay at home and have babies and leave work to men
- Pregnant women are too emotional to work
- Fathers who take family leave are not real men
Gender harassment is not solely perpetrated by a man against a woman. It can also involve a woman harassing a man, or a same-sex provocation.
“Sex-plus” policies and inappropriate dress codes
“Sex-plus” policies represent another form of gender discrimination, by which employees are classified on the basis of their gender, plus another characteristic such as marital status, existence of pregnancy, parenthood status, race or age. Based on sex-plus characteristics, employers make discriminatory employment decisions about hiring, firing, or demoting and use the specific employee’s features as a basis for harassment.
Inappropriate dress codes represent a type of gender harassment that is often ignored. This can involve forcing employees to wear scanty clothing or requiring women to wear skirts instead of slacks. California law provides that all employees be allowed to wear pants, regardless of gender, unless the business has an exemption from the Fair Employment and Housing Commission (FEHC) or requires uniforms or costumes as an element of employment. If you believe that your employer is enforcing an inappropriate dress code, our Los Angeles attorneys at The Ruttenberg Law Firm, PC are dedicated to using our skills, experience and passion for justice to help you find relief.
Hardworking, caring Harassment attorneys in Los Angeles with the practical experience to help you win
Gender harassment negatively affects everyone—the victim, the victim’s co-workers and our society as a whole when we lose valuable workers. At The Ruttenberg Law Firm, PC, we are passionate about helping employees resolve harassment issues. We offer a free initial consultation and do not charge an attorney’s fee unless and until we resolve your case. To learn more about our services, contact us online or call (310) 979-7080 today.