Just like sexual and race discrimination, discriminating against someone in the workplace because of their sexual orientation or gender identity is still a major issue in the United States. The LGBTQ discrimination lawyers at Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, believe that everyone should be protected from discrimination, no matter who they are or what their sexual orientation is.
According to the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy, 15 to 43 percent of homosexual and transgender workers say they have experienced some type of discrimination while on the job. Up to 17 percent of these workers have reported being fired because of their sexual orientation or gender identity and the majority of those surveyed said they were verbally or physically abused.
Examples of LGBT discrimination include:
- Being harassed by your employer or co-workers based on your sexual preference
- Hearing derogatory comments about homosexual or bisexual individuals
- Being denied a promotion based on your sexual preference
- Being treated differently by your manager, especially after they discover your sexual orientation
- Being denied insurance or other work benefits because of your sexual orientation
Recently, a federal appeals court ruled that the Civil Rights Act prohibits workplace discrimination against LGBTQ employees. The court had decided that “discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is a form of sex discrimination.” Still, there are no federal laws that clearly state LGBTQ discrimination in the workplace are against the law. Several states have stepped in to protect these workers, but most states are still without any type of anti-discrimination laws. Here are the states that currently prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity:
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- Rhode Island
Here are the states that currently prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation (but not gender identity):
- New Hampshire
- New York
However, federal employees are covered by anti-discrimination guidelines and these protections are extended to employees who work in the private sector who decide to file a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). In fact, many employers have now begun to enact rules against discrimination: 91 percent of Fortune 500 companies now prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.
If you believe you are a victim of sexual orientation discrimination, there is help. Contact the employment discrimination lawyers at Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP for an evaluation of your case.
How Our Discrimination Attorneys Help You
The LGBTQ discrimination lawyers at Sanford Heisler Sharp help clients throughout the country with all types of workplace discrimination and harassment cases. We have won millions of dollars for those who suffered discrimination in the workplace.
If you believe that you are being discriminated against because of your sexual orientation or gender identity, contact the employment lawyers at Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP for an evaluation of your case.