Los Angeles Gender Discrimination Lawyers
End the Wage Gap. Stand Up for Economic Equality.
Throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, there have been slow but progressive changes to many laws, attempting to make the workplace fairer for all genders. Despite the this incremental progress, employees of all genders continue to face gender or sex-based discrimination on a daily basis.
One of the most insidious problems of gender discrimination is that it can take place in so many forms. A woman might be prevented from taking a higher position as a supervisory position in a company, she might be sidelined into a less serious role as her employers prefer a male colleague, or she might simply be paid less for equivalent work. A man might be refused a role that is traditionally designated for women. A non-binary individual may face harassment or shaming for failing to adhere to traditional gender expectations.
If you have faced bias against your gender in any shape or form, you should not stay silent, you have a right to be treated equally.
Here at King & Siegel LLP, our Los Angeles gender discrimination attorneys are zealous about protecting our clients from prejudice.
Contact us now at (213) 214-3757 to find the resolution to your need for justice by asking our employment lawyers for a free consultation.
The Only Cases Where an Employer Can Pay Different Wages for the Same Work
When you are seeking to determine whether or not you have been treated unfairly regarding pay, it is important to know that there are only a few, limited instances where employers can give a different salary or wages for different employees.
The only possible scenarios where employers are justified in offering different pay would be for differences that take place in:
- A system of seniority;
- A system of merit;
- A system where earnings are determined by the quality or the amounts of objects produced; or
- A bona fide, provable case where an employee’s training, experience, or education is the determining factor, not their sex, that is motivated by business necessity.
According to California Equal Pay Act, an employer must prove that one of these factors was the only reason for the pay differential and was applied reasonably to the employee. If there is any other reason, including prior salary, it is illegal for an employer to pay employees of one sex or ethnicity different from another.
What is more, you do not even have to prove that you were intentionally injured by your employer. In contrast to other statutes against discrimination, such as the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, which require proven intent, you just need to show you received unequal pay. In the state of California, you are also legally able to ask any employee what their pay is, to prove how you have received less.
Obtaining Compensation for Victims of Gender Discrimination
If you have been discriminated against in the workplace on account of your gender, either receiving different pay, losing out on key benefits and promotions, or even being fired, you are entitled to receive compensation.
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