If you are facing discrimination at work because of your sexual orientation, your job might be at risk. Unless dealt with appropriately, discriminatory actions will often escalate into a hostile work environment resulting in serious consequences to your health and professional standing.
Contact one of our sexual orientation discrimination attorneys for advice on what steps you can take that might save your job. While this might be the first time you are facing an employment dispute, employers have a lot more experience in handling personnel issues and typically engage human resources or legal counsel to assist them. You deserve the same guidance.
If you have been wrongfully terminated for discriminatory reasons, contact one of our attorneys immediately. You may be entitled to lost wages, front pay, as well as additional economic compensation, including but not limited to, for emotional distress and medical costs. To take advantage of all of your legal options, you must act quickly. California has strict deadlines for initiating legal action.
Although the LGTB community has made great strides in obtaining equality under the law, many employers are still intolerant of diversity. California law strictly prohibits an employer from discriminating against you based on your sexual orientation, which includes homosexuality, heterosexuality, and bisexuality.
It is equally illegal for an employer to discriminate against you based on your “gender expression,” which means a person’s gender related appearance and behavior whether or not stereotypically associated with the person’s assigned gender at birth.
These laws also prohibit an employer from discriminating against individuals based on the employer’s perceived sexual orientation of the individual. In some cases, an individual’s mere appearance of a particular sexual orientation might lead to discrimination.
Demonstrating illegal discrimination is challenging. Overt forms of discrimination – such as offensive remarks– are not as common in the present day workplace as subtle, passive aggressive forms of discrimination, which are just as harmful. This is because employers often attempt to hide their discriminatory conduct under the guise of legitimate business decisions such as company reorganizations and layoffs to avoid liability. Pay special attention to whether there are true, legitimate business reasons justifying your employer’s alleged “business decisions.”
While employers rarely make the mistake of putting a discriminatory reason in writing, discrimination can be proven with indirect evidence.
Our attorneys can help you identify and gather persuasive evidence of sexual orientation discrimination to corroborate your potential claims against your employer.
If you have concerns that you are being treated unfairly at work or that you were terminated for discriminatory reasons, contact us for a free and confidential consultation today. Our sexual orientation discrimination attorneys represent professionals, executives, and workers across all fields. For more information about your legal rights, please visit the California Fair Employment and Housing Department (DFEH).