Gender Discrimination Attorney in California

Gender Discrimination in California

Gender inequality and discrimination runs rampant deep through the country, and the workplace is no exception. According to statistics by Pew Research Center, about four in ten working women in the US (42%) have face discrimination on the job because of their gender in many ways such as: being paid less than a man doing the same job or being overlooked for important tasks.

Discrimination based on gender is a serious offense and forbidden under federal law, including the Equal Pay Act of 1963, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978.

Additionally, the state of California has two main laws that protect employees against discrimination: the California Fair Pay Act and The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).

If you are facing discrimination based on your gender, Contact Soho Law for a case review and our team will provide a custom strategy for your case. Contact our discrimination law legal team at Soho Law now! Call us now at 310-803-9560 for a FREE CONSULTATION

What is Gender Discrimination?

Gender discrimination at a workplace refers to an employee or job applicant being treated differently—and often less favorably—because of their gender. In order for this type of discrimination to be considered illegal and for you to have a valid claim, it has to involve treatment that impacts the “terms or conditions” or your job. In other words, it has to have an impact on your work hours, salary, and job responsibilities, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

What are Some Examples of Gender Discrimination?

  • Being denied a raise, promotion, or opportunity that is given to people of another gender who are equally or less qualified than you
  • Being given a lower-paying position or different job because of your gender
  • Being held to different or higher standards because of your gender
  • Being harassed because you don’t present yourself in a gender normative way
  • Being insulted or called derogatory names or slurs because of your gender
  • Being intentionally called by a name that you don’t identify with
  • Receiving unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors (for more on this, see our sexual harassment page)
  • Being paid less than a person of a different gender who has similar job duties or is less qualified than you
  • Being rejected for a job, forced to go on leave, or given less assignments because of a pregnancy
  • Being disciplined for something that employees of another gender do all the time but aren’t disciplined for


It is important to note that women aren’t the only employees who are negatively affected by gender discrimination. Discrimination can target all individuals of all genders and/or who are part of the LGBTQ community, such as transgender employees who are frequently and intentionally given the wrong pronouns by coworkers and supervisors.

Your Rights in California When Facing Discrimination

As an employee, you are protected from gender discrimination thanks to federal and state laws forbidding such acts in the workplace, including:

  • The Equal Pay Act of 1963
  • -Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978
  • California Fair Act Pay
  • California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA)


According to the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, 11% of all employment complaints in California are attributed to sex and gender discrimination. It’s important to know that gender and sex are two different things but are often used interchangeably in federal and state laws, and both types of discrimination are unlawful in California.

Contact a Discrimination Attorney in California Now!

If you or a loved one is facing discrimination based on your gender, your employers must be held accountable. As an employee, your rights are protected by federal and state laws and you must take legal action immediately.

At Soho Law, we care for your rights as an employee and hold employers accountable for any form of discrimination. With offices in California and New York, we work tirelessly and fight for your rights as an employee. Call us now at 310-803-9560 or click here to fill our contact form for a FREE CONSULTATION.