It is important for all employees in California to be treated equally in the workplace. There are even many laws that are in place to force companies to treat all their employees equally. Despite these laws though there are many employees who are discriminated against and one class of employees who have been discriminated against for a long time is women. This discrimination comes in the form of not being promoted to top positions in the company, less pay, sexual harassment and other forms of sex discrimination.
Women who have been subjected to this discrimination suffer detrimental effects. Not only do they earn less, which affects their ability to provide for their families and their lifestyle in general, but it can also affect them emotionally and psychologically. Women who have been discriminated against though may be entitled to compensation. This compensation can be very valuable as they look for other employment or simply to help hold the employer accountable for their actions.
There are various types of compensation that the employees may be entitled to as well. They could receive back pay, which is compensation in the amount they would have earned if they had not been fired or demoted. They could also be entitled to compensatory damages. This compensation is for non-economic damages such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, damage to reputation and other similar types of damages. The last type of compensation that they may be entitled to is punitive damages. This compensation is basically a fine to the company for violating the law, but the money goes to the victim. It is intended strictly to punish the company.
While there have been steps taken to correct the systemic discrimination against women in the workplace in California, there are still many companies who discriminate against them. Women who have been discriminated against may be entitled to various forms of compensation for enduring it though. Experienced attorneys understand these difficult cases and may be able to guide one through it.