Sexual Orientation Discrimination

When a person is treated differently based on sexual orientation, it is considered discrimination. Unfortunately, there have been more and more cases of this type of discrimination surfacing in the workplace. It can occur in recruitment, hiring, promotions, and even job training and assignments.

California has made significant strides in protecting the rights of LGBTQ individuals, however, employees still regularly face wrongful termination due to their sexual orientation. Still, others have been unable to continue working because a hostile environment makes work intolerable. I understand the importance of protecting and enforcing the rights of individuals who face unfair treatment.

Some common examples of sexual orientation discrimination include:

  • You are denied benefits for your partner because they are the same sex as you.
  • Your boss fires you because they think you are gay, bisexual, straight, or lesbian.
  • Your employer treats you differently after learning about your sexual orientation.
  • You suffer harassment at the workplace due to your sexual orientation.
  • You are treated more harshly or denied benefits or bonuses due to your sexual preferences.
  • You experience hostile comments about your mannerisms, sexual activity, or other matters related to your sexual orientation.
  • You were treated differently (i.e. fired, demoted, disciplined, or not promoted) because your employer learned that you are a transgender person.

It is equally important to understand that if you have filed a complaint with your human resources department or supervisor and then have been punished for making that complaint, you may also be the victim of unlawful retaliation.

Discrimination can be overt or subtle. If you have been treated differently because of your sexual orientation you may have a claim. Have you been criticized for your sexual orientation? Repeatedly been passed over for a promotion or received poor evaluations for minor or trivial things? These may be discriminatory behaviors that would give rise to a viable claim for sexual orientation discrimination.

If you’d like to learn more about your rights, contact Jeannette for a free consultation at (415) 444-5800 or by filling out a confidential consultation form here.