Do You Need an LGBTQ Discrimination Lawyer?
Have you faced job discrimination due to your sexual orientation?
- Are you a victim of retaliation for calling out workplace homophobia?
- Is your job in jeopardy because your boss can't deal with your gender identity?
No federal law yet forbids private-sector discrimination based on sexual orientation — at least, not explicitly. Neither orientation nor gender identity is mentioned in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, for instance. Still, the U.S. Supreme Court has held that Title VII's prohibition on sex discrimination in the workplace also offers protection to employees who don't conform to traditional sex stereotypes. Based on this ruling, a number of courts have concluded that LBGT discrimination is effectively illegal under federal law — and an increasing number of states have enacted laws that make such protection explicit. In addition, presidential orders have forbidden workplace bias against LGBTQ employees who work for the government or on federal contracts.
If your employer has discriminated against you because of your sexual orientation or gender identity, the law is moving in your direction. No matter where you live, you have good legal options; in many states, you have clear legal rights.