California Sexual Orientation Discrimination Lawyer
Discrimination in the workplace can happen for many reasons. Some applicants and employees face discrimination due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. This means they are treated differently (typically, less favorably) because they are homosexual, bisexual, or transgender.
Sexual orientation refers to a person’s physical and/or emotional attraction to people of the same or opposite gender. Sexual orientations heterosexual (straight), lesbian, gay, and bisexual. Gender identity, on the other hand, is a term that refers to how a person identifies their own gender. For example, a person may be born male but identify as female. This may or may not be apparent to others.
A worker can be harassed or teased based on these protected classes. Don’t let this happen to you. You should be able to express your identity and not have to worry about your sexual orientation in the workplace. If you are facing discrimination, contact an California sexual orientation discrimination lawyer from The Garza Firm today. We can assess your case and determine your next steps.
Examples of Sexual Orientation Discrimination
There are several ways in which employers may illegally discriminate based on sexual orientation:
- Harass employees and job applicants because of their sexual orientation or gender identity
- Insult, threaten, bully, call someone names, or otherwise create a hostile work environment for someone based on their sexual orientation or gender identity
- Ask employees or job applicants for medical information related to their gender identity, even though they do not ask for this information from others
- Not allow employees to use restrooms consistent with their gender identity
- Giving out promotions to workers who are of a certain sexual orientation
- Giving gay or lesbian employees poor performance reviews solely based on their sexual orientation
- Deny lawfully married same-sex spouses the same benefits they provide to opposite-sex spouses
What Happens if I am a Victim?
If you are a victim of sexual orientation discrimination, don’t suffer in silence. Contact an employment law attorney who can assess your case and help you understand your legal options.
You may be able to receive compensation for the suffering you experienced. If you lost your job or were demoted due to discrimination, you may be entitled to a remedy that places you in the position you would have been in if the discrimination had never happened. You could be re-hired, promoted, or reassigned. You may also be able to receive some sort of financial compensation, such as back pay, front pay, a pay raise, or some sort of financial settlement.
Contact The Garza Firm Today
You have the right to work in an environment where you will not face harassment based on your sexual orientation or gender identity. If you are working in a hostile environment, see how The Garza Firm can help you get justice.
Contact our California sexual orientation discrimination lawyers to better understand your protections and legal rights. Schedule a consultation with our office today by calling (949) 570-8350 or filling out the online form.