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California Gender Harassment Lawyers

California has some of the strictest employment laws in the nation, preserving your right to receive fair treatment and equal benefits and protecting you from being exposed to hostile or discriminatory acts in the workplace.

California Workplace Gender Harassment Comes in Many Forms

In California, employees are protected from gender harassment under both federal and state laws. The most relevant state law is the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), which applies to employers with 5 or more employees and provides robust protections against all forms of sexual harassment, including gender-based harassment.

Key Rights Under FEHA Against Gender Harassment

  • Protection from Harassment: FEHA protects employees from harassment not only by their employers but also by co-workers and third parties like customers or vendors if the employer knows about the harassment and fails to take appropriate corrective action.
  • Definition of Harassment: Gender harassment under FEHA includes any unwelcome verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a gender-related nature that is severe or pervasive enough to create a hostile work environment. This form of harassment does not necessarily have to be sexual in nature—it can include demeaning comments, slurs, or derogatory statements related to a person’s gender.
  • Employer Responsibility: Employers have a legal duty to take reasonable steps to prevent and promptly correct harassing behavior. This includes implementing effective anti-harassment policies, providing training to employees, and taking complaints seriously.
  • No Retaliation: Employees are also protected from retaliation if they complain about gender harassment, participate in an investigation, or testify in proceedings about harassment.

Examples of Gender Harassment

  • Example 1: A male employee frequently makes derogatory comments about women being less capable and more emotional than men. This conduct could be considered gender harassment if it is severe or pervasive enough to create a hostile or intimidating work environment.
  • Example 2: A transgender woman is subjected to continual misgendering by her colleagues and supervisors, despite her requests to be addressed by her chosen name and pronouns. This behavior can constitute gender harassment.
  • Example 3: A female employee receives repeated, unsolicited remarks about her appearance and gender-specific comments that suggest she got her job only because of her gender. Such comments could rise to the level of harassment if they are part of a broader pattern of demeaning treatment based on her gender.
  • Example 4: A manager frequently jokes about a male employee’s responsibilities as a father and makes fun of him for taking leave to attend to his parental duties, suggesting that such duties should only concern women. This could be seen as harassment based on gender stereotypes.

California’s laws ensure that the workplace is free from harassment that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment, and provide strong protections to support these rights.

We understand how intimidating it can be to speak out against your employer, a large corporation, or others who may hold power over you. While legal cases can be lengthy and complicated, we will guide you through every step of the process, making sure you understand your options and can achieve a result you’ll be happy with.

Our Approach

Our Practices are Guided by Integrity. We’ll protect what you deserve.

We work tirelessly and fight tenaciously to hold rights abusers accountable.

If you’ve experienced a distressing incident related to an issue like this, call us for a free case evaluation.

Did You Know?

Gender Harassment
In California, employees have the right to work in an environment free from gender harassment, protected by state laws that prohibit any form of discrimination or harassment based on gender, including unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
Sexual Identity
In California, employees have the right to a workplace free from discrimination and harassment based on their sexual identity or expression, under laws that mandate equal treatment, respect for personal identity and expression, and protection against any form of bias or harassment.

Is It Illegal, or Just Unfair?

Legal cases can be lengthy, complicated, and confusing, but you don’t have to take on the system all by yourself. If you believe someone has violated your individual rights, or the rights of a large group of people in your community, we can help you find the right course of action.

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