Los Angeles Gender Discrimination Lawyer - Sex Discrimination Attorney

How to Get Help From a Sex Discrimination Attorney in Los Angeles

Over the course of history, gender equality has consistently been an issue in countries all over the world. In the United States – a country founded on equality and freedom – it is no different. Even in the progressive 21st century, gender discrimination can be seen throughout society.


In the workplace, gender discrimination can be especially pervasive. Whether it is denying an individual a job or right based on his or her gender, improperly treating an employee or applicant based on sexual stereotypes, or making unwelcome sexual advances or offensive remarks, gender discrimination is sadly quite present at work. For gender discrimination to be considered illegal, it must involve different treatment that negatively affects an individual’s employment terms and conditions. This includes hiring, firing, scheduling, job location, pay rate, and training and advancement opportunities. In addition, there are discriminatory interview questions that a potential employer should not ask you. Under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), it is illegal for employers to discriminate on the basis of gender (including pregnancy and childbirth).


When it comes to females applying for jobs, some may face obstacles in the interview process before even getting hired. While this is extremely unfortunate, it is quite prevalent. Whether asking about a woman's marital life, family background, or plans for having children, any of this is considered illegal due to anti-discrimination laws such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964. If you believe you have been asked illegal interview questions that may have affected your ability to get hired, then it is important to consult with a gender discrimination lawyer in Los Angeles. We will be able to provide you with the guidance and advice that you need. 

Examples of Illegal Interview Questions

When having a job interview, there are many types of questions that may be illegal if asked. Some of the most common include:

  • Are you single, married, or divorced?
  • Are you planning to get pregnant?
  • Are you currently taking birth control?
  • What does your spouse do for a living?
  • Do you prefer Ms., Miss, or Mrs.?

While these questions may seem innocent, the employer is likely asking these questions in a biased way that can potentially impact whether they plan to hire you. Regardless, these questions may be unlawful and it is important that you consult with an attorney for advice on this matter. Don’t let a potential employer get away with asking illegal interview questions--learn more today.


There are dozens of different situations in which you could be discriminated against because of your sex. The following examples may help provide some clarity on specific situations. For additional questions regarding circumstances not mentioned, contact an attorney for consultation.

  • Hiring. As a woman, you apply for a job in ticket sales with a professional sports team. According to requirements, you possess all qualifications necessary to be hired. Because the organization consists of primarily men, however, you are denied the job so as not to alter the chemistry of the workplace.
  • Firing. You are fired from your job because of ‘apparent’ company setbacks. However, you learn that members of the opposite gender (with less seniority and qualifications) are all retained.
  • Promotion. You have worked as a salesperson for a company for 15 years, but are constantly passed over by less experienced employees of the opposite gender.


Gender discrimination in the workplace can either be subtle or overt, which can sometimes make it difficult for victims to identify. It is important to know if you are being discriminated based on your gender, which is why our team of gender discrimination lawyers are here to help you. To better understand gender discrimination, read more information in our gender discrimination overview.


If you believe you are a victim of gender discrimination in the workplace, it is important to take legal action as soon as possible. You could be awarded significant compensation for your mistreatment and neglect. Learn why you should hire a gender discrimination lawyer.


At Mann & Elias, our employment attorneys in Los Angeles represent clients in every stage of life. We have more than 40 years of combined experience in employment law and would be happy to provide you with a free initial consultation. We practice in the counties of Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, San Bernardino, Ventura, and Orange. Contact us today for more information.

Gender Discrimination Overview

It can be hard to tell if you are being discriminated against or if you are being overly sensitive, but if you feel your gender is affecting your career, it may be time to contact an attorney for gender discrimination on the job.  The Civil Rights Act of 1963, the Equal Pay Act, and various state and federal laws prohibit gender discrimination in the workplace. 

Illegal Interview Questions and Female Applicants

As a woman, you may receive sexist interview questions such as questions regarding your marital status and pregnancy plans. When confronted with these questions, you can: 

  1. Answer and move on
  2. Ask why the question is relevant to the job
  3. Address the underlying concern connected to the question
  4. Express being uncomfortable with the question and refuse to answer

These questions should not be asked. Gender discrimination is illegal in hiring practices, so you have the option to seek legal action.

How to Prove Workplace Sexual Discrimination

Gender discrimination is divided into hostile discrimination and benevolent discrimination. While hostile is more negative, benevolent sexism is still unequal treatment. When you are seeking out a legal professional for your mistreatment in the workplace, make sure you provide them with evidence. You should try to document each instance of sexism you experience. This will be crucial to getting compensation for your damages.

Can an Employer Require Different Dress Codes for Men and Women?

Workplace dress codes are very common. When the dress code imposes a greater burden on women than men, then it may be discriminatory towards either gender. According to the Human Resources Campaign, gender-specific dress codes are not inherently discriminatory, but enacting a stricter dress code towards one gender is.

Know Your Rights: Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation

Whichever gender you find yourself attracted to should not affect your job. One-fifth of LGBTQ-identifying people have experienced discrimination based on their sexual orientation when interviewing for jobs. On top of that, 58% of LGBTQ members report receiving derogatory comments at their job. These insults and harassment are often made by ignorant employees who do not know they are bothering you. You can start off by trying to handle the matter internally with HR, but if that doesn’t go anywhere, then you can file a complaint with the EEOC.

The Equal Pay Act of 1963

This act was established to ensure that employees, no matter their gender, will receive the same wages or benefits when in the same position. People with the same skills and responsibilities will receive equal pay.

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