Rand L. Stephens & Richard Koss

San Francisco Bay Area Gender Discrimination Attorneys Fight Sex Discrimination and Sexual Harassment

Bay Area Employment Lawyers Rand L. Stephens and Richard Koss fight for the rights of workers who have suffered from sex discrimination or sexual harassment in the workplace.

California Sexual Harassment Law: What is Sex Discrimination and Sexual Harassment?

If you have been discriminated against by your employer because of your sex or your sexual orientation, you have legal rights. In California, employers are prohibited from discriminating against employees because they are male or female, gay, lesbian or transgender. Sex or sexual orientation employment discrimination can come in many forms, including: hiring, promotion, demotion, unequal pay or benefits, harassment, hostile work environment or firing. California law also prohibits sexual harassment and battery in the workplace if the conduct is serious and pervasive.

Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Pay Act of 1963

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Pay Act of 1963 both contain provisions protecting against sex and gender discrimination. The Civil Rights Act prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of race, gender, national origin and religion. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1981 bans discrimination in the workplace based on pregnancy.

The Fair Employment and Housing Act of 1980

California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act of 1980 (FEHA) protects employees against sexual harassment in California and employment discrimination on the basis of sex or sexual orientation. In 2011, California extended legal protections to prohibit discrimination against individuals on the basis of gender identity and gender expression. FEHA also bans workplace discrimination based on race or color, religion, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, pregnancy or marital status.

FEHA defines sexual harassment broadly to include harassment based on gender, sex, pregnancy, childbirth and other related medical conditions. Sexual harassment includes:

  • Sexual advances
  • Inappropriate comments
  • Unwanted touching
  • Demands for sex or sexually motivated favors in exchange for work related benefits, also referred to as quid pro quo harassment
  • Making or taking sexually driven photographs

This list is not exhaustive; sexual harassment manifests itself in many ways. California sexual harassment attorneys Rand L. Stephens and Richard Koss can evaluate the facts of your case.

Contact the San Francisco Bay Area Attorneys of Stephens & Koss Today

If you have experienced employment discrimination based on sex or sexual orientation or sexual harassment, you have rights. Northern California discrimination lawyers Rand L. Stephens and Richard Koss will aggressively fight for you. Take action today and call or email us for a free consultation.

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