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Gender Discrimination

Our Stockton Attorney Fights Gender Discrimination

California lawyer helps ensure our clients are treated equally

Women and men in America are entitled to equal treatment. That’s not an opinion, it’s the law. Law Offices of Mark S. Adams fights to stamp out gender discrimination. Whether you’re a woman who’s been denied a mortgage for a new home, or a divorced father who’s gotten the short end of a child custody decree, if you believe your gender was weighed as a factor against you, we’re here to help. We handle sex discrimination cases in a myriad of areas, including:

  • Education (Title IX)
  • Employment (Title VII)
  • Healthcare
  • Housing
  • Parental rights

Enforcing equal opportunities in education

The law guarantees male and female students equal opportunities in academics and extra-curricular activities, including sports, at most institutions that receive federal funding. While Title IX has leveled the playing field in women’s college sports, discrimination still affects many aspects of the educational system, including:

  • Academic honors
  • Admissions
  • Athletics
  • Financial Aid

Advocating fair employment practices

While much progress has been made in establishing equality in the workplace, sex discrimination still occurs in many areas and in many ways. We represent clients who’ve suffered discrimination over issues such as:

  • Benefits – Even though women tend to be more costly to insure, the law requires they be given equal access to healthcare.
  • Hiring – In the past, women have complained about not being hired or promoted due to gender, but discrimination now seems specific to occupations and industries. For example, women suffer from discrimination in engineering, while men find it hard to get hired as secretaries or promoted to management in cosmetics. In either case, the discrimination violates federal law.
  • Firing – When layoffs seem to disproportionately affect one gender, discrimination may be at play.
  • Pay – A person’s gender cannot be a factor in determining his or her salary or wages.
  • Pregnancy – Refusal to hire or make reasonable accommodations for a pregnant person (or one who might become pregnant) is considered discrimination under federal law.
  • Promotion – If all promotions seem to be going to employees of one gender, discrimination may be a factor.
  • Sexual harassment – Perpetrating or tolerating this behavior is considered discrimination under federal law. Unwanted sexual conduct in the workplace is illegal if it is meant as a condition of employment or becomes so pervasive that it creates a hostile environment. The definition of sexual harassment is not gender-specific in regards to perpetrator or victim.

Ensuring your access to fair housing

Housing discrimination based on sex is illegal under federal law. If you believe you’ve been denied a rental property or a mortgage to buy a home, simply because of your gender, we can help you file a fair housing complaint with the federal government and see it through to successful conclusion.

Equal rights for each parent

Divorced fathers often complain of prejudice in favor of mothers in family court. There are judges who see mothers as nurturers and fathers as providers, and rule that she should raise the children while he writes the checks. If you’re a father whose custodial rights have been unfairly limited simply because you’re the male parent, Law Offices of Mark S. Adams can help with custody modification that puts you on an equal footing.

Contact our determined fighter for gender equality.

To schedule a consultation to discuss your discrimination claim with Law Offices of Mark S. Adams, call our Stockton, California office at 209-481-3485 or contact us online.

Awards & Affiliations
  • Peer Review
Recent Results
  • "In a 2006 case in a San Joaquin County Superior Court case entitled the Chargin v. Stockton Port District. Mr. Adams was hired by the Port Commission as trial counsel in what turned out to be a three month jury trial involving nineteen plaintiffs who claimed 7.5 million dollars in damages resulting from the Port’s alleged maintenance of a nuisance. The jury returned 38 defense verdicts on behalf of Mr. Adams’ client."

  • "Mr. Adams again represented the Stockton Port District in Federal District Court in Sacramento and obtained a $600,000 settlement against one of the Port’s insurance carriers, CNA who denied a covered claim."

  • "In 2017 he settled a case against an insurance company for the Policy Limit of $250,000 for a man struck by a truck in a parking lot aggravating his depression and fibromyalgia."

  • "In 2018 he settled an age discrimination case for $200,000 against a large Ag equipment dealer."

Testimonials
  • "FANTASTIC AND I WILL TELL YOU WHYMark has been my lawyer for two separate cases. When the second work related incident occurred, I didn’t hesitate to call Mark.Mark is very sensitive to issues that need a soft touch. Going through what I was I did not want an out of touch in-compassionate lawyer. I appreciated his approach.He always “showed up”. Emails were sent and received promptly, he was always easy to get a hold of and most importantly never said he was going to do anything he didn’t do. I never felt like I was “just another client”Lastly, his experience was extensive. He communicated in a way that was easy to understand. I didn't have to deal with the legal jargon as with other lawyers." - Jessica 09/06/17

  • "Great employment lawyer!I did my research and I found Mr. Adams. He helped me with my case. I was always kept updated and responded quickly with any questions. He represented me very well and I would recommend to friends and family or anybody who wants a great lawyer with experience." - Jose 08/28/17

  • "Pregnancy discrimination etc...Mark, was awesome he was honest caring, efficient. When no other attorney wanted my case he was the only one who actually cared about my case. I thank him so much because i was ready to give up, i must mention i was not a easy client. He got me settlement i agreed to. Thanks Mark your the best and i highly recommend this attorney." - Latoya Brumfield 03/09/17

  • "Wrongful TerminationMark took my case when I was turned by three other attorneys. This was my first experience in dealing with an attorney, and I want to say that working with Mark made it much easier than I expected.He kept me fully informed at all times. He was very professional, dedicated, and hard working.My case was settled after 1-1/2 years due to Mark's hard work." - Anonymous 03/03/15

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