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Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Woodland Hills Sexual Orientation Discrimination Lawyers

Caring & Aggressive Assistance for those in Hostile Workplaces

Discrimination based on an employee’s sexual orientation is defined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or FEHA, as harassment. It falls under the definition of discrimination based on gender stereotypes and the romantic relationships one chooses to engage in. These cases are defined under sex discrimination legal claims and are relatively new to the court system.

LGBTQ+ employees have rights, and they deserve the ability to protect them. If you are facing this type of discrimination, seek qualified representation from a Woodland Hills sexual orientation discrimination attorney. Our lawyers are familiar with this emerging area of the law and can help protect you from discrimination in the workplace.

Call The Law Office of Payab & Associates at (818) 918-5522 to discuss your situation with our skilled team.

Rights and Protections for LGBTQ+ Workers

The State of California prohibits discrimination based on an employee’s sexual orientation. Additionally, the Supreme Court recently clarified protections under federal law for LGBTQ+ employees in the United States. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity. However, local employment laws may vary based on your company’s policies and the location of your company.

In general, discrimination laws provide the following for LGBTQ+ employees:

  • Protection from physical assault
  • Protection from wrongful termination
  • Equal opportunity based on job performance
  • Protection from defamation or invasion of privacy
  • A workplace free from harassment or sexual harassment
  • Protection based on sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Emotional distress due to negligence or intentional harassment

Employment discrimination based on sexual orientation can come in many forms. Even if you recognize discrimination, you may feel powerless to change your situation. However, if you are dealing with sexual orientation discrimination, you deserve the chance to fight for your rights.

If you believe you have a case for discrimination, it is important to get in touch with an attorney. At our law firm, we can look over the details of your case, providing legal advice and representation when necessary. We will work to protect your rights and best interests, recovering the compensation and justice you deserve.

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Are you being treated differently based on your sexual orientation or how your employers or co-workers perceive your sexual orientation? Turn to the Woodland Hills employment lawyers at The Law Office of Payab & Associates. We represent all types of employees facing harassment and illegal practices in the workplace. Our team will fight on your behalf.

Examples of LGBTQ+ Discrimination at Work

In certain workplaces, LGBTQ+ employees face discrimination simply for their sexual orientation or gender identity. 

Employers might deny promotions to these workers, and colleagues could resort to harmful jokes or slurs. In some cases, employers exclude transgender employees from spaces aligned with their gender. LGBTQ+ workers often receive unequal pay for the same roles their non-LGBTQ+ counterparts hold. Employers sometimes allow and even foster a hostile work environment after employees raise concerns.

A transgender employee may need time off to address medical concerns related to their transition. When they do, they might face job termination. Employers could also force dress codes that do not align with someone’s gender expression. 

These examples illustrate the dire need for inclusive workplace policies that protect LGBTQ+ rights. Such discriminatory actions create feelings of isolation and fear among LGBTQ+ employees, and these practices contribute to a workforce that lacks diversity and inclusion. Awareness, allyship, and active company engagement can foster an inclusive environment where everyone, regardless of their orientation, feels valued and safe.

The Fair Employment and Housing Act

The Fair Employment and Housing Act, or FEHA, affords strong protections for LGBTQ+ workers in California. This act prohibits employers from discriminating against employees due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. Under FEHA, discrimination in hiring, promotion, termination, or any employment terms is illegal. FEHA ensures equal treatment for all employees.

Harassment of LGBT individuals at work is also against the law, according to FEHA. Employers must stop any known harassment and establish clear policies against this conduct. LGBTQ+ workers have the right to a workplace free from bias. They should not hear jokes or slurs about their orientation, and they are protected from any actions that create a hostile work environment because of their identity.

FEHA covers employers, labor organizations, and employment agencies. These entities cannot treat LGBT employees unfairly in any job-related practices. The act demands that companies provide equal benefits to all employees, including health coverage for same-sex partners. It also ensures that transgender workers can access facilities corresponding to their gender.

When an LGBTQ+ employee does face harassment, FEHA allows them to seek damages. These victims can get help from the Department of Fair Employment and Housing. The department investigates complaints, and it can prosecute violations. FEHA empowers LGBTQ+ workers to challenge discriminatory actions and find justice for their grievances.

Facing Discrimination or Harassment at Work? Know Your Rights!

Are you experiencing discrimination, harassment, or retaliation at your job? Here's a straightforward guide on what you can do.

Document the Incident

Record the details. Note who was involved, the date, the place, and possible witnesses. Keep any emails, texts, or documents that support your case.

Speak Up

If it's safe, address the issue directly. Doing so could involve discussing the matter with your supervisor, the human resources (HR) department, or your union rep. Use any grievance procedures your employer or union offers.

Put It in Writing

Write to the HR department and your supervisor. Explain how you're facing discrimination, harassment, or retaliation. Save a copy of this complaint for your records.

Get Professional Help

Our attorneys have spent over twenty years defending employee rights. We offer personalized support, and we take the time to understand every aspect of your situation. Whether you need to settle, file a claim with the Civil Rights Department, or take legal action, our Woodland Hills lawyers are ready to assist.

Take control and stand up for a respectful, fair workplace. We are here to provide guidance and representation in your employment issue.

Contact us online today to schedule a complimentary case consultation. We can be reached at (818) 918-5522.

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