Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Sexual Orientation Discrimination Employment Law

Sexual Orientation Discrimination Law:

Sexual orientation discrimination may occur in the workplace if someone is being treated unfairly, or treated differently in any regard, because of their sexual orientation (straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, etc). While it is illegal to discriminate against anyone in a workplace based on age, gender, race, ethnicity, or religion, there are no federal laws that protect against sexual orientation discrimination (except in federal government jobs).

Some states and even local cities/counties, however, have established their own laws that make it illegal to discriminate against someone based on their sexual orientation. While implementing and fighting for these rights remains a struggle in the US, there are a growing number of states and cities putting laws into place to protect their workers against sexual orientation discrimination.

Sexual Discrimination Legal Issues:

In addition to city, county and state laws again sexual orientation discrimination, many companies have also implemented policies and guidelines in their workplaces that forbid anyone to harass or discriminate against another on the basis of their sexual orientation (whether real or assumed) .

For anyone that is discriminated against because of their sexuality, they have the right to sue the violator if there are laws in place against sexual orientation discrimination in their state, city, county, or company. If there are no laws in place about this matter, however, it may still be possible to sue a coworker or employer if sexual orientation discrimination occurs. The victim of the discrimination could file a suite under other general laws such as:

  • Intentional harassment
  • Assault and violence
  • Threats
  • Defamation
  • Invasion of privacy

What an Employment Lawyer can do for you:

In California, it is illegal for any employer to discriminate against current or potential employees because of their sexual orientation. Thus, if sexual orientation discrimination happens to you, you have the right to sue. An experienced labor law lawyer can help you file a lawsuit and defend your rights. If you are fired, terminated, not hired, demoted, or treated differently because of your real or perceived sexuality (transgender and transsexual included), an attorney can help you make a strong case to defend your equal rights in the workplace. No one should suffer from such harassment or discrimination, and labor law lawyers are there to help you.

You may be able to collect lost wages, additional benefits, damages for physical losses or emotional distress, and legal fees. Sexual orientation discrimination is not acceptable in any workplace. Let an attorney assist you in fighting against anyone that is violating these laws.

Lawyer Referral Service:

If you are unable to get hired in an organization because of your sexual orientation, or you are experiencing any other forms of discrimination at work due to your sexuality, contact Attorney Search Network today. Attorney Search Network can refer you to an experienced labor law lawyer that can evaluate your case and protect you against sexual orientation discrimination.

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