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3 Laws That Protect You From Gender Discrimination

Unfortunately, even though we long ago passed into a new century, gender discrimination still exists. The law is on your side with three major statutes that protect you from unequal treatment from employers based solely on your gender. If you believe you have suffered from any behavior that violates these acts, our L.A. Gender Discrimination Attorney can provide more detailed guidance.

Gender Discrimination Laws

Knowing and applying these three major statues will protect from gender discrimination. Source: Pixabay

  • The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is a far-reaching law that prohibits discrimination based on a number of different factors. Employers with more than 15 employees are prohibited from treating their employees unequally based on race, color, national origin or religion as well as gender. The act goes on to state that you are able to raise complaints about discrimination or participate in a lawsuit free from reprisal or retaliation.
  • Pregnancy Discrimination Act is an amendment to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which specifically protects pregnant women.  An employer has no right to discriminate against you based on pregnancy and childbirth or any related medical condition.   Pregnant employees are to be treated the same as any other temporarily disabled employees in terms of hiring and firing as well as pay and benefits,  job assignments, promotions and training.
  • Equal Pay Act of 1963 mandates equal pay for equal work done by men and women. The law requires only that the jobs be substantially equal, not identical. All forms of pay are covered with this law, including bonuses, overtime, profit sharing, stock options, vacation and holiday pay.

Verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature, such as unwanted sexual advances, is also illegal under the Civil Rights Act; and may violate certain state laws as well. Please contact our L.A. Gender Discrimination Attorney for help in asserting your rights.

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