LGBTQ+ Discrimination Lawyers

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 lawyers at Sanford Heisler Sharp believe that everyone should be protected from discrimination, no matter who they are.

According to the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy, 15-43% of gay and transgender workers say they have experienced some type of discrimination while on the job. Up to 17% 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 LGBTQ+ discrimination include:

  • Being harassed by your employer or co-workers based on your sexual preference or gender identity
  • Hearing derogatory comments about homosexual, bisexual, or transgender individuals
  • Being denied a promotion based on your sexual preference or gender identity
  • Being treated differently by your manager, especially after they discover your sexual orientation or gender identity
  • Being denied insurance or other work benefits because of your sexual orientation or gender identity

Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court held that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits workplace discrimination against LGBTQ+ employees and ruled that “[a]n employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender defies the law.” Bostock v. Clayton County, Ga., Nos. 17-1618, 17-1623 & 18-107, 2020 WL 3146686, at *18 (June 15, 2020).

Additionally, many states have stepped in to protect LGBTQ workers. According to the Human Rights Campaign’s “State Maps of Laws & Policies,” here are the states that currently prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity:

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington

Here are states that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation only:

  • Wisconsin

Here are states that prohibit discrimination against public employees based on sexual orientation and gender identity:

  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Michigan
  • Montana
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania

Here are states that prohibit discrimination against public employees based on sexual orientation only:

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Missouri
  • North Carolina

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% of Fortune 500 companies now prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.

How Our Lawyers Can 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.

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