Gender-Based Harassment Porterville College

Gender Discrimination Title IX:

  • Discrimination or harassment based upon one's gender (sex).
  • Unfair treatment, attitudes, or behaviors towards an individual based upon their gender (sex).
  • Gender identity discrimination as covered by Title VII.
  • Sexism, sexist attitudes, and sex stereotyping.
  • Unproportionate athletic programs or activities offered to all genders in relationship to the college's enrollment.

EEOC defines Sex-Based Discrimination as:

Discrimination against an individual because of gender identity, including transgender status, or because of sexual orientation is discrimination because of sex in violation of Title VII.

Examples of gender discrimination:

  • Gender-based bullying.
  • Derogatory or sexist remarks.
  • Gender discrimination in an activity, athletics, program, office, or classroom.
  • Not being hired, or being given a lower-paying position because of your sex.
  • Being insulted, called derogatory names or slurs because of your sex, or hearing hostile remarks about people of a certain sex, gender, or gender identity.
  • Being intentionally or repeatedly called by a name or referred to as a different gender that you don’t identify with-as when a transgender man is called by his former (female-associated) name or referred to as “Miss.”

What are the laws?

Federal law:

Gender discrimination is illegal. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal for an employer to discriminate against you based on your sex, race, color, religion, or national origin.

It is also illegal for employers of 15 or more people to use any of the above categories as a basis for paying you less, firing, not hiring, or discriminating against you in terms of working conditions or “privileges of employment.”

Retaliation is also illegal. Title VII also makes it illegal for an employer to retaliate against you for reporting or opposing gender discrimination, or participating in an investigation or legal action related to discrimination.

California law:

Under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act, or FEHA, it is unlawful “to harass an employee … because of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, or military and veteran status.” Section 12940.

These rules provide that employers have “an affirmative duty to take reasonable steps to prevent and promptly correct discriminatory and harassing conduct.” Simply put, employers must create a workplace environment that is free from California sexual harassment and other employment practices prohibited by FEHA.

What to do if you are a victim of harassment?

What are my rights?

  • Work or receive an education in a safe, discrimination-free environment.
  • Talk about or speak out against gender discrimination, whether it’s happening to you or to someone else.
  • Report the discriminatory behavior (or policy) to HR, administration, or your boss.
  • File a complaint or charge of discrimination with a government or state agency.



Phone numbers:

  • VP of Student Services 559-791-2218
  • PC Title IX Coordinator 559-791-2457
  • PC Safety & Security 559-791-2440
  • California DFEH 800-884-1684 (voice), 800-700-2320 (TTY)
  • EEOC 800-669-4000, 800-669-6822 (TTY), 844-234-5122 (ASL)

Works Cited

  • https://www.equalrights.org/issue/economic-workplace-equality/discrimination-at-work/
  • https://www.eeoc.gov/laws/types/sex.cfm
  • https://www.ottingerlaw.com/california/sexual-harassment-guide/
  • https://www.venturacollege.edu/college-information/about-ventura-college/title-ix/definitions
  • https://www.eeoc.gov/laws/types/sex.cfm


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  • https://www.bohmlaw.com/areas/gender-discrimination/
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