Gender-biased Discrimination

I am an Executive Director of Marketing at an entertainment company and have been with the company for 2 years.

I am the only woman in the senior management and the company is predominantly male. Since the beginning of my employement, I have had hostile interactions with the male employees of the company and recently, I was told by a male Sr. VP that the reason I was "not liked" was because I was a woman. This was stated twice. I was not liked and had difficulties in my job because I was a strong woman.

It is difficult for me to do my job effectively as I have to deal directly with the men who are hostile. In addition, I have suffered some medical problems (such as heart issues) since I've been with the company.
Also, I am paid nearly 1/2 of what the other male "directors" are paid.

Is this discrimination?

Thank you very much.

4 answers  |  asked Aug 29, 2001 2:35 PM [EST]  |  applies to California

Answers (4)

Theresa Pfeiffer
Is the Pope Catholic?

You need to see someone in your geographic area.
I'm in Los Gatos, Ca.
Terry Pfeiffer
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posted by Theresa Pfeiffer  |  Aug 31, 2001 6:58 PM [EST]
Janet M. Koehn
case law clearly supports your claim

yes, you appear to state facts that support a claim of discrimination as well as violation of the equal pay act.
if you are in southern california, please call me for a phone interview to see if you wish to consult me in person.
janet koehn

posted by Janet M. Koehn  |  Aug 29, 2001 9:20 PM [EST]
Sharon Vinick
Gender Based Discrimination

Based upon the facts that you have provided, it certainly sounds like you have been the victim of discrimination and harassment. I would be happy to talk to you, or have someone in my office talk with you.

Sharon Vinick

posted by Sharon Vinick  |  Aug 29, 2001 3:26 PM [EST]
Abraham Goldman
Gender-based Discrimination

Yes. And yes. And yes again.

The difference in pay is not only discrimination, it may violate an other laws as well: the Equal Pay Act. And the hostility may very well be seen as sexual harrassment, if severe enough...the law prohibits any for of harrassment, not just the overt touching and sexual solicitation issues.

California has extremely good laws in these areas.

If you would like a free consultation and a copy of my practice resume, please call or email anytime to my office...I have practiced in this field over 20 years.

Abraham Goldman
800 945 9446

posted by Abraham Goldman  |  Aug 29, 2001 2:48 PM [EST]

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