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Upholding Justice as a Gender Discrimination Lawyer


Gender discrimination persists in many forms in the workplace from the hiring process and pay to pregnancy discrimination and in-office harassment. Employees facing such discrimination should turn to attorney Gregory Thyberg, a gender discrimination lawyer serving Sacramento, CA, and the surrounding area. Mr. Thyberg can represent your case and correct the power imbalances you endure with a gender discrimination claim. With over 35 years of experience, he can provide you with legal services and help you secure the compensation you deserve. Contact ThybergLaw today to schedule a free case review of your gender discrimination claim and see what we can do for you. 

Defining Gender Discrimination

Gender discrimination involves treating an employee or job applicant unfairly based on that person’s gender. This involves any condition of employment, such as:

  • Hiring
  • Firing
  • Job assignments
  • Training
  • Pay
  • Benefits
  • Promotions
  • Discipline

An employment practice or policy that is applicable to both male and female employees may also be considered illegal if it negatively impacts the employment of a certain gender and is not necessary to the position or the business.

Furthermore, gender discrimination is inclusive of pregnancy discrimination, and also overlaps with gender identity and other sex-based discrimination that is prohibited by California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).

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Gender discrimination in the workplace can include pregnancy discrimination as well as other sex-based discrimination prohibited by law. 

Examples of Gender Discrimination

Employers will usually try to hide gender discrimination or offer excuses for it, making it difficult at times for victims to identify. Common forms of gender discrimination are:

  • Conditions of employment – An illegal hiring condition is one not necessary for a position or the workplace and is essentially designed to preclude women from applying or from being hired. An example would be a company stating that applicants must be able to lift heavy items, although such work does not necessarily pertain to the job.
  • Hiring – Gender bias in hiring takes many forms, such as not hiring a mother with a baby or small children, or not hiring an applicant because of unease in working with a certain gender.
  • Promotion – This type of gender discrimination is often easier to identify. A female employee passed over for promotion in favor of a male counterpart with equivalent or less experience or training is a common scenario.

Gender discrimination persists in many forms in the workplace from the hiring process and pay to pregnancy discrimination and in-office harassment.

  • Pay – A 2012 study found that full-time female employees make approximately 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. When experience and training are otherwise equal and a male is hired at a higher wage than a female, it may be deemed gender discrimination.
  • Pregnancy – The state of California leads the country in providing paid family leave for expecting mothers and fathers via Paid Family Leave (PFL), also known as Family Temporary Disability Insurance (FTDI), and Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Pregnancy discrimination may take the form of demotion, termination, harassment, or denying leave and other rights based on a woman’s pregnancy.
  • Sexual harassment – A manager or coworker that engages in behavior that is inappropriate, offensive, or sexual in nature is committing sexual harassment. Lewd comments, sexual discussions, unwanted advances, sexual favors, and sexual assault would fit into this category of improper actions.

Protect Your Rights

Enduring gender discrimination or harassment in the workplace is not only stressful, demoralizing, and distracting, it is entirely unlawful. If you have faced discrimination related to your employment, you deserve to have your rights safeguarded. Contact ThybergLaw online today to learn more about your legal options. You can also call our office at (916) 204-9173 to speak to a member of our team. 

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