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Examples of Gender Discrimination in California: EEOC Cases

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Are you a victim of sex or gender discrimination? Sometimes, proving sex and gender discrimination can be difficult, so it's important to know that it can take on a variety of forms. This type of unlawful treatment can range from disciplinary action, to a negative performance reviews, the denial of a raise, the denial of a job offer, and even wrongful termination.

If your employer is subjecting you to discrimination based on your gender, the negative behavior could be violating Title VII of Civil Rights Act of 1964 or the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. But how do you know if you have a legitimate workplace discrimination case?

The following California EEOC gender discrimination cases will help you discover what gender discrimination looks like in order to help you understand your own employee rights in California.

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Are you a victim of sex or gender discrimination? Sometimes, proving sex and gender discrimination can be difficult, so it's important to know that it can take on a variety of forms. This type of unlawful treatment can range from disciplinary action, to a negative performance reviews, the denial of a raise, the denial of a job offer, and even wrongful termination.

If your employer is subjecting you to discrimination based on your gender, the negative behavior could be violating Title VII of Civil Rights Act of 1964 or the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. But how do you know if you have a legitimate workplace discrimination case?

The following California EEOC gender discrimination cases will help you discover what gender discrimination looks like in order to help you understand your own employee rights in California.

Gender Discrimination in California

Crime Scene Cleaners Sued For Sex Bias

OAKLAND, CA - Crime Scene Cleaners, an Oakland-based trauma scene cleaning company violated federal law by refusing to hire a qualified female applicant because of her gender.

The EEOC said that Kristi Nunez applied for a position as a crime scene cleaner in November 2006 in response to an advertisement by Crime Scene. During her job interview, Nunez was subjected to a series of questions that indicated she was not viewed as an ideal candidate for the job due to the fact that she is female. Nunez was not hired by Crime Scene, and the company went on to hire a male for the position instead.

"At the interview, I was hoping to talk about my educational background in chemistry and my experience with crime scenes from volunteering with the Richmond police department, but all the interviewer wanted to talk about was if I was married, if I had a jealous husband, and if I could work with all men," said Nunez. "I expected questions about my qualifications for the job, not about my personal life."

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Harley Davidson Dealership to Pay $55,000 to Settle EEOC Sex Discrimination and Retaliation Suit

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - The country's oldest Harley Davidson motorcycle dealership, the Dudley Perkins Company, paid $55,000 plus other relief to settle a sex discrimination and retaliation suit filed by the EEOC.

The EEOC lawsuit charged that the San Francisco-based company refused to let Bowen Dean, a female employee, work as a mechanic while the company would hire less-qualified men. Dudley Perkins also fired Dean after she filed a gender discrimination charge with the EEOC.

"Breaking into jobs in non-traditional fields continues to be a challenge for women, and despite the prohibitions on sex discrimination written into federal law in 1964, some sex segregation in employment continues," stated EEOC San Francisco Regional Attorney William R. Tamayo. "This settlement will help the motorcycle industry take a step forward."

EEOC San Francisco District Director Michael Baldonado added, "Traditionally male occupations generally pay more than fields which are traditionally female, and women continue to be excluded from those positions all too often."

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Lawry's Restaurants, Inc. to Pay $1 Million For Sex Bias Against Men in Hiring

LOS ANGELES, CA - The EEOC announced the settlement of a gender discrimination class action lawsuit for $1,025,000 and far reaching injunctive relief against California-based Lawry's Restaurants, Inc., doing business as Lawry's the Prime Rib, Five Crowns, and Tam O'Shanter Inn (Lawry's). For decades, Lawry's allegedly failed to hire men into food server positions.

The EEOC charged Lawry's with maintaining a companywide policy of hiring only women for server positions in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits sex-based discrimination.

The investigation found that Lawry's policy which barred men from being hired as servers had been in existence since 1938, despite the enactment of Title VII a quarter century later. Lawry's claimed the policy was based on tradition, but the EEOC found it adversely affected a class of men on the basis of gender.

"Sex discrimination, against men and women alike, continues to be a problem in the 21st century workplace," stated EEOC Acting Chairman Stuart J. Ishimaru. "This case should remind corporate America that employment decisions must be based on merit and ability to do the job - not on gender stereotypes."

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Longs Drugs Settles EEOC Race, Gender Discrimination and Retaliation Suit

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Major pharmacy chain, Longs Drugs, agreed to pay $55,000 and to implement preventive training to settle a federal lawsuit filed by the EEOC alleging race and gender discrimination and retaliation. The EEOC sued on behalf of an African-American female buyer who had been employed at Longs Drugs, which was later bought by CVS Caremark.

The lawsuit charged that Marcia Guaman was treated by Longs Drugs very differently from her colleagues who were not female or black. Guaman received both verbal and written warnings for her performance numbers, while her co-workers with lower scores did not face any disciplinary action. Guaman's requests for vacation were also denied, even though her white co-workers were granted vacation days after she had requested vacation. A few months after raising the differential treatment to human resources, she was discharged from her position.

EEOC San Francisco District Director Michael Baldonado stated, "A major American employer like CVS Caremark has major responsibilities to a great many people, and needs to put extra effort into obeying anti-discrimination laws and maintaining a fair workplace."

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MV Transportation Settles EEOC Sex Bias Suit

FRESNO, CA - The EEOC simultaneously filed and settled a gender discrimination lawsuit against provider of passenger transportation services, MV Transportation.

Two former bus cleaners for the company who are both female, alleged that they were treated differently and terminated due to their gender. MV Transportation paid $35,000 plus furnished other relief to resolve the sex bias claims occurring at the company's former site. In addition to monetary relief, MV Transportation agreed to take proactive measures to ensure against discrimination in the workplace, including providing training to managers and non-management employees as well as other remedies.

"Gender bias continues to be a problem in today's workplace," stated Melissa Barrios, director of the EEOC's Fresno Local Office. "It is important for employers to recognize the need to address sex discrimination immediately so that the problem does not continue."

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You should never have to worry about gender discrimination at work. Our experienced California gender discrimination attorneys will fight for your rights and the financial compensation you deserve. Contact us today for your free consultation.

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