Who You Love or Find Attractive Should Not Affect Your Work Environment
New York City and the metropolitan area have one of the nation's largest populations of gays, lesbians and bisexuals. Both New York City and New York State have laws to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people from discrimination and harassment. Unfortunately, biases still exist and many LGBT people still suffer discrimination in the workplace.
At Shulman Kessler, our Long Island-based lawyers have represented many people in sexual orientation discrimination cases. We feel that no employee should be discriminated against or suffer a hostile work environment based on his or her sexual orientation. Our firm exclusively represents employees and their rights in the workplace.
Long Island and New York City Lawyers Handling Gay Discrimination Cases
Currently there are no federal laws that protect the rights of the LGBT community. New York State has passed the Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act (SONDA) and the New York Human Rights Law, both of which afford protection in the workplace to LGBT individuals.
Some of the ways employers may discriminate against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees are:
- Not granting benefits for same-sex partners
- Treating LGBT employees differently than other employees
- Firing, demoting or passing an individual over for promotion because he or she is thought to be gay (regardless of whether or not the individual is gay)
- Insults, slurs or other forms of harassment directed at an individual because he or she is gay
Many LGBT people are afraid to report any form of discrimination or harassment for fear of losing their jobs. It is illegal for employers to retaliate against employees for filing a discrimination or harassment complaint. Our attorneys will tell you your rights and how you can enforce them.
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