Protect Your Rights with Help from an LGBT Discrimination Attorney
If you have been the victim of workplace discrimination because of your sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, it is vital that you seek legal action to protect and restore your rights as soon as possible. An LGBTQ discrimination lawyer can help you fight back against these wrongful employer actions.
In addition to fighting for your right to be treated fairly under state and federal laws, an experienced attorney can also assist you in establishing your civil liberties. The Hershey Law attorneys have extensive experience representing clients who are victims of anti-gay discrimination. We regularly represent individuals in cases where their employers fired them or treated them differently solely because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. If this has happened to you, contact our law firm today to schedule a free, confidential consultation about filing a claim against your employer in Southern California.
What Are Some Examples of LGBT Violations?
There are several forms of discrimination that fall under the umbrella terms “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.” For example:
- Terminating the employment of a worker because of their sexual preference or gender identification.
- Having hiring policies that discriminate against LGBTQ employees.
- Paying an employee less than another person because they identify themselves as queer, transgender, gay, or lesbian.
- Taking action against an employee for participating in LGBTQ+ activities.
- Harassing a person because they are perceived as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.
How Does California Law Protect Against LGBT Discrimination?
There are several laws that prohibit discrimination based on LGBTQ+ status. California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) prohibits discrimination based on sex, medical condition, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identification.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 likewise prohibits sex or gender discrimination in the workplace and also offers protection to LGBT employees not conforming to traditional sex stereotypes. Title VII applies to all employees working in businesses that fall within its jurisdiction, including government agencies. Furthermore, any person who works for a company engaged in interstate commerce must adhere to Title VII.
If your employer demotes, fails to promote, or fires you just because you are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender, you could file a complaint against your former employer with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Employers with a very small workforce may be exempt from adhering to some of these laws and cannot be filed against. The California discrimination laws only apply to companies with at least five employees, whereas federal law applies to companies with at least 15 employees. However, harassment protections apply to all employees of a protected class regardless of the company’s size.
If you are a victim of a hostile work environment, workplace homophobia, or employment discrimination because of your sexual orientation or gender identity, please get in touch with the team at Hershey Law. We will take immediate steps to advocate for your rights.
Contact LGBT Discrimination Lawyers Today
The attorneys of Hershey Law have years of experience handling cases involving LGBT discrimination and protecting LGBT community members from unfair treatment. Call us today at (310)-929-2190 to set up a free consultation about your situation. We will dedicate our time to building your claim, maintaining a strong attorney-client relationship, negotiating on your behalf, presenting your case in court, and giving you the opportunity to get the best results.