Sexual orientation discrimination is particularly horrific because it can easily create a hostile work environment for its victims. If you believe that you are experiencing this form of discrimination, our team at West Coast Employment Lawyers are readily available to assist you. We will protect your rights, aggressively pursue legal action against the opposing side, and get you the compensation you deserve.
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What Is Sexual Orientation Discrimination?
Sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace is when an employer treats an applicant or employee unfairly due to their sexual orientation. Some examples of sexual orientation discrimination include the following:
What Laws Protect You Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination?
According to these two laws, it is prohibited for an employer to make business decisions with the motive being an employee’s sexual orientation. This includes targeting those who are heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual.
What Are Some Signs of Sexual Orientation Discrimination?
Sexual orientation discrimination may vary based on the circumstances involved. Sometimes, it may be obvious and other times it may be subtle. Below are some common signs you should look out for:
How Do You Report Sexual Orientation Discrimination?
You may file an internal complaint to your Human Resources (HR) department. Once they evaluate what you have submitted, they will initiate an investigation to resolve the issue.
If you are not satisfied with how your internal complaint was handled, you may file a complaint with the Civil Rights Department (CRD) or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). They will start an investigation and interview all parties involved.
Either of these agencies may suggest a mediation in order to negotiate a settlement without having to go to trial. However, if it is unsuccessful, they may file a lawsuit on your behalf. Or, they may issue a Right to Sue Notice to allow you to sue your employer instead.
You may also file a complaint with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC). This federal agency reviews and investigates allegations of sexual orientation discrimination, and other prohibited practices that fall under the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978.
Can You Get Fired for Reporting Sexual Orientation Discrimination?
Your employer cannot fire you for reporting sexual orientation discrimination. Notifying an external or internal source about the unlawful business practices occurring within the workplace is a protected legal activity, meaning that your employer is prohibited from retaliating against you as a response.
Below is a list of other protected activities under Title VII and FEHA.
How Do You Prove Sexual Orientation Discrimination?
To prove sexual orientation discrimination, you will need to document your case and be as diligent as possible. Gather as much evidence as you can, such as documents, emails, text messages, or legally recorded audio. You must have evidence of the following:
West Coast Employment Lawyers Is Here to Help
If you are a victim of sexual orientation discrimination, you may be entitled to file a lawsuit against your employer to recover damages.
At West Coast Employment Lawyers, we are available 24/7 to offer legal assistance. Our legal team is committed to helping victims of sexual orientation discrimination receive full vindication, fair compensation, and the peace of mind they deserve.
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