The law dictates that all workers should be treated equally, regardless of their gender. This means that both sexes should be paid equally for equal work, and they should be able to do their job without facing gender-based or sexual harassment.
It is well-known that there is a significant pay gap that exists between men and women in the United States. This persists across states and across most industries. These statistics are present despite the Equal Pay Act (EPA) of 1963. The EPA is a federal law that makes it illegal for discrimination to be made in regard to wages on the basis of an employee's gender.
There are many ways in which California employees are protected from discriminatory practices. Many of the legal protections in place cover instances in which the employee has intentionally been discriminated against. For example, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal for an employer or employee to intentionally discriminate against an employee because of a specific characteristic, such as their race or gender.
Earlier this year, amid multiple complaints about sexual harassment and discrimination against city employees, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the implementation of a website called MyVoiceLA where employees could report harassment and discrimination. At the time, Garcetti directed city officials to address any complaints by current as well as former employees "quickly and efficiently."