Have you experienced discrimination, retaliation or other unlawful treatment in the workplace?

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Gay and transgender rights have long been ignored in the workplace. Discrimination and retaliation run rampant, yet only 21 states had legal protections for LGBTQ employees.

Fortunately, the Supreme Court stepped in and extended federal workplace discrimination protections to LGBTQ employees.

This means gay and transgender employees are now protected (in every state) under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Employers are prohibited from discriminating or retaliating against individuals who identify as LGBTQ during any part of the employment process – from hiring to firing. As employee rights attorneys, we’re happy to see LGBTQ individuals finally getting the legal protections they have long deserved. If you feel you have experienced discrimination, retaliation, or other unlawful treatment in the workplace, we are here to help.

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LGBTQ Discrimination comes in many forms. Here are some examples of the most common forms of unlawful treatment protected individuals experience in the workplace:

  • Termination that is not a result of poor performance
  • Reducing an employee’s salary
  • Denying a promotion or raise
  • Giving an employee less favorable assignments
  • Disparate treatment
  • Harassment or offensive remarks about a person’s LGBTQ status
  • Giving poor performance evaluations that do not reflect actual performance
  • Punishing or retaliating against an employee for filing a lawful claim such as an FMLA leave request, a Worker’s Compensation claim, or an EEOC charge
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Do You Have a Case?

If you identify as LGBTQ (or your employer perceives you to be LGBTQ), you have a protected status under federal law. If you work for an employer with more than 15 employees, they are obligated to comply with federal employment discrimination laws.

We offer free, no-obligation consultations to help you determine if you have a legal claim and what steps you can take. Contact us today to find out if you have a case for LGBTQ discrimination.

What to Do if You Are Being Discriminated Against

If you are being treated unlawfully in the workplace, there are several important steps you can take:

  1. Report the conduct. It is particularly important that you report the unlawful conduct to the appropriate persons (usually a supervisor, manager or human resources). Your employer must know or have reason to know about the unlawful treatment in order to be legally responsible for a co-worker or customer’s conduct.
  2. Keep records. As soon as you experience discrimination, start writing down exactly what happened in a notebook that you keep at home. Write down the dates, places, times, witnesses and what happened. Keep copies of your performance evaluations and any emails or letters documenting the quality of your work.
  3. Contact an experienced employee rights attorney. It is better to contact a seasoned attorney sooner rather than later. If our firm is retained early enough, we may be able to convince your employer to intervene on your behalf. We can also help you identify if you have an actionable claim and pursue justice on your behalf.
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