Marital Status Discrimination Lawyers in Los Angeles
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Marital status discrimination occurs if your employer harasses you or discriminates against you on the basis of whether you are single, married, divorced, widowed or even unmarried with either same sex or opposite sex partners. This type of discrimination begins even from the time that you are being interviewed for work. If you are asked if you are married, plan to get married, pregnant or plan to have kids and your answers have an impact on whether you will be considered for the job or not, the prospective employer has already committed family status discrimination against you. If this happens to you, you can file for marital status discrimination claim and obtain compensation for damages against said employer.
In California, there are laws that are enacted to specifically protect employees against discrimination. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, for example, prohibits discrimination based on color, national origin, race, religion and sex. Similarly, under the Equal Pay Act, it is prohibited act to discriminate pay or wages based on sex. In any of the foregoing laws, though it is not specifically mentioned that marital status discrimination is prohibited by law, it is presumed and contained specifically under sex discrimination where an employee is discriminated against or harassed because of sex, sexual preference or even marital status condition or preference. Also, California marital harassment laws prohibit family status discrimination. This happens when an employee is discriminated against for asking early time off or filing for leave in order to attend to a sick family member or to attend a parent-teacher conference.
The above considered, you should know by now that there are a lot of ways that you could be made a victim of marital status harassment in the workplace. Hence, if you are put in said situation or if you are unsure if your employer is using your current or future marital status in considering your conditions for employment, then you should immediately seek help from MELG Law Firm’s highly respected Los Angeles Marital Status Lawyers to protect you from further harassments at work while we provide you with the highest compensation you deserve against your unjust employer.
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Difference Between Marital Status and Sex Discrimination
Marital status discrimination happens when you are not hired or even if hired you are given a different or lesser treatment than your co-workers on account of your marital status.
If you are a newly married woman and your employer is reluctant to hire you because he fears you will soon start a family and need time off from work then you are a victim of marital status discrimination. Conversely, if your co-worker is a married man and he gets better pay than women workers, based on your employer’s notion that he has a family to support, this is also a case of marital status discrimination against single individuals.
If you are a woman employee and your employer gives better pay to male employees doing the same work on account that your employer believes that male employees are better than female employees, then this is a case of sex discrimination.
Laws Relating to Marital Status Discrimination
There are two federal laws that specifically penalize discrimination against employees and they are:
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, for businesses that employ 15 or more workers, the federal law that prohibits discrimination based color, national origin, race, religion and sex ; and
- Equal Pay Act, regardless of the number of employees, the act prohibits discriminatory pay practices based on sex when two employees perform jobs that require the same responsibilities, skills and effort.
However, please be advised that there is no specific mention of marital status discrimination because this is usually lumped up with sex discrimination.
In California, your employer cannot base employment decisions on whether you are married or unmarried, either to a spouse of the opposite sex or the same sex.
The protection applies even to job applicants and the protection extends against discrimination based on family status, such as taking time off to care for a sick child or leaving the office early to attend a parent-teacher conference.
Don’t Negotiate Your Claims on Your Own
If you feel that you are being discriminated against by your employer, the best thing to do is seek legal help from top marital status discrimination lawyers in Los Angeles like MELG Law Firm’s expert employment law attorneys who can protect your rights in the work place while making sure that they take care of negotiating or litigating your case to get the maximum compensation you deserve.