Employee Issue:

Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Sexual orientation discrimination occurs when a worker is harassed or treated differently because of their sexual preference, either real or perceived. Many states, counties and cities have enacted laws to protect gay and lesbian employees from discrimination at work. Dependent upon location, employees may be protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation.

If you have been a victim of sexual orientation discrimination at your job, fill out our free case review form. A sexual orientation discrimination attorney can help ensure your rights are protected.

Federal Laws

While federal laws protect applicants and employees from discrimination based on race, color, sex, disability, age and nationality, federal protection prohibiting sexual orientation discrimination in the private sector has yet to be passed. However, government employees are protected from sexual orientation discrimination.

State Sexual Orientation Discrimination Laws

Nearly half the states have enacted laws that prohibit public and private employers from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation. States with sexual orientation discrimination laws include California, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Oregon and Wisconsin, among several others. Several states, including Delaware, Michigan and Pennsylvania, have also passed laws prohibiting sexual orientation discrimination in public sectors.

City and County Sexual Orientation Discrimination Laws

Gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals who are not protected by state sexual orientation discrimination laws can look to local ordinances for protection. More than 180 cities and counties bar sexual orientation discrimination in certain workplaces. If you are unsure whether your city or county has laws regarding sexual orientation discrimination, contact an employment discrimination attorney for assistance. Many sexual orientation discrimination lawyers offer free case reviews and do not charge for initial consultations.

If you have been discriminated against at work because of your sexual orientation, an employment discrimination attorney can explain your rights and evaluate your options. Even if your state, city, or county does not prohibit sexual orientation discrimination in your workplace, you may still be protected under other general laws regarding harassment, wrongful termination or assault. To find out if you are eligible to pursue a sexual orientation discrimination lawsuit, fill out the free case review on the right.

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