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Sexual Orientation Discrimination in Employment
A recent Supreme Court ruling now makes it illegal for employers to discriminate against employees based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
With less than half of states having laws explicitly prohibiting workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, the high court’s Bostock ruling is a boon to LGBTQ employees in those states. They can now file suits in federal court with more hope of success.
But this key provision of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) only covers workplaces with 15 or more employees. Additionally, religious institutions are often exempt.
State courts may begin to expand application of existing nondiscrimination laws, but this will vary greatly by state. Both Maryland and the District of Columbia have previously passed bills that offer protection from discrimination based on sexual orientation.
With recent changes in laws regarding sexual orientation discrimination, it is essential that, if you believe you have been discriminated against, you consult with an attorney regarding the pertinent laws in your area.
Gender identity is a relatively new field of anti-discrimination legislation. This makes the specific details of each case extremely significant. If you think you may have been the victim of gender identity discrimination, then you should compile any and all relevant documentation, taking specific note of the location of the incident and the names of involved companies and parties.
If you believe you have been discriminated against based on your sexual orientation or gender identity, you might benefit from a consultation with an attorney at Zipin, Amster & Greenberg.
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Every LGBTQ American should be able to work without fear of being fired because of who they are. If you think you may have lost a job due to your sexual orientation or gender identity, then contact us. You may be entitled to reinstatement, back pay or compensatory damages.