Representing The Rights Of New York LGBTQ+ Employees
New York City and the metropolitan area is known for its diversity. Federal, New York State, and New York City laws protect employees who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, gender nonconforming, intersex, asexual, and pansexual (LGBTQ+) from discrimination and harassment. Unfortunately, biases still exist and many LGBTQ+ people still suffer discrimination in the workplace.
At Kessler Matura P.C. , our lawyers have represented many employees in sexual orientation and gender expression discrimination cases. We believe no employee should be discriminated against or suffer a hostile work environment based on their sexual orientation, gender expression or gender identification. Our firm helps LGBTQ+ employees on Long Island and throughout the New York City metropolitan area enforce their workplace rights.
Holding Employers Accountable When State Laws Are Violated
In June 2020, a monumental Supreme Court decision determined that federal anti-discrimination laws protected LGBTQ+ workers from discrimination in the workplace. Since 2003, after New York State passed the Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act (SONDA), the New York Human Rights Law, has afforded workplace protection to LGBTQ+ individuals. New York City, has led the way for years in protecting LGBTQ+ individuals’ rights at work, having first barred sexual orientation discrimination in 1986.
Some of the ways employers may discriminate against LGTBQ+ employees are:
- Not granting benefits for same-sex partners
- Treating LGBTQ+ employees differently than other employees
- Firing, demoting or passing an individual over for promotion because they are thought to be LGBTQ+
- Allowing offensive anti-LGBTQ+ comments, “jokes”, slurs or insults, and other forms of harassment, to infest the workplace
- Refusing to allow employees to use a bathroom consistent with their gender identity or expression
Many LGBTQ+ 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 an employee for filing a discrimination or harassment complaint. Our attorneys will explain your rights and help you enforce them.
One-On-One Guidance Throughout Difficult Work Issues
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