Representing The Rights Of New York LGBT Employees
New York City and the metropolitan area is known for its diversity. 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 Kessler Matura P.C. , our lawyers have represented many employees in sexual orientation discrimination cases. We believe no employee should be discriminated against or suffer a hostile work environment based on his or her sexual orientation. Our firm helps LGBT employees on Long Island and throughout the New York City metropolitan area enforce their workplace rights.
Holding Employers Accountable When State Laws Are Violated
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 the individual is gay)
- Insults, slurs or other forms of harassment directed at an individual because he or she is gay, transgender, or bisexual
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 an employee for filing a discrimination or harassment complaint. Our attorneys will explain your rights and help you enforce them.
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