Both federal law (Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964) and California law (the Fair Employment and Housing Act) prohibit employers from discriminating against an employee because of his or her gender. Although gender discrimination claims can be brought by both male and female employees, they are more often brought by female employees.
Below are some potential signs of gender discrimination:
- Your supervisor is short, curt, and/or disrespectful with female employees, but he does not treat male employees in the same manner.
- Your supervisor criticizes a female employee for allegedly making errors, but he does not criticize male employees for making the same errors.
- You are denied certain privileges at work, while your similarly situated male co-workers are granted those same privileges.
- You are disciplined for violating a certain company policy, but your male co-workers are not disciplined for violating the same policy.
- You are denied a promotion because your employer assumes that you cannot be a “good mother” and spend long hours at work at the same time.
- You are denied a promotion because your employer assumes that you cannot be as “aggressive” as a male employee.
- You are denied a promotion because you do not meet your employer’s stereotyped expectations of how a female employee should behave and act.