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Standing up against gender discrimination at work

On Behalf of | Jun 28, 2024 | Workplace Discrimination

About 46% of workers in the United States who identify as LGBTQ+ have faced unfair treatment at work, according to the Williams Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law. This alarming statistic highlights the ongoing struggle of workers who face discrimination based on their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

Gender discrimination can have a significant impact on an individual’s career, well-being and overall quality of life. If you experience this type of discrimination at work, it is essential to understand your rights and take proactive steps to protect yourself.

Spot the warning signs

Discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation can take many forms, from harassment and unequal pay to stereotyping and exclusion. Experiencing offensive comments or behaviors at work is also common for LGBTQ+ workers. Recognizing the warning signs is crucial because it empowers you to take action and stand up for your rights in the workplace

Keep detailed records

Documenting incidents of inappropriate workplace behavior is vital in building a compelling case. You can start by keeping a record of dates, times and details of your interactions with the perpetrator. Be specific about what happened, including the words, actions and behaviors of those involved. These detailed records will be crucial if you decide to take legal action.

Stand up and take action

Gender or sexual orientation discrimination is a serious offense, particularly in California. The Fair Employment and Housing Act, for instance, offers robust protections against such prejudice based on gender, gender identity or sexual orientation.

If you find yourself facing discriminatory actions at work, report the incident immediately to your HR department or a trusted supervisor. If your company does not adequately address the issue, you have the right to seek legal recourse and hold them accountable. You can also file a complaint with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. This agency investigates claims and can provide remedies, including mediation, reinstatement, back pay and damages. Remember, you deserve a fair and respectful workplace, and taking these steps can help protect your rights and well-being.

Standing up against gender discrimination is not easy, but it is a critical step toward creating a fair and respectful work environment. By recognizing the signs, documenting incidents and understanding your rights, you can take meaningful action to combat discrimination.