San Diego LGBT Discrimination Lawyers
It has been a long time coming, but American society is coming to accept that sexual orientation is simply a personal preference that needs to be respected. The amount of states allowing same sex marriage is a reflection of the changing attitude toward the LGBT community. Although we have made tremendous strides in the direction of tolerance of these differences, discrimination still exists.
California is among the states with the most working lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender citizens, and we are fortunate to have laws that reflect the state’s enlightened commitment to equality. The California Fair Employment and Housing Act prohibits all discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The prohibition extends to hiring, firing, promoting, demoting, or discriminating, in any way, against an employee in determining pay, benefits, working conditions, or other terms or conditions of employment based on whether the employee is a man or a woman or whether the employee fails to conform to a particular stereotype or expectation of how a man or a woman should act, or because the employee elects to change gender.
LGBT Harassment Claims in the Working Environment
Regardless of gains in tolerance for diversity, there are still people who are open in their bigotry against LGBT workers. An LGBT person who is taunted or exposed to pervasive derogatory comments, gestures, or threats because of his or her sexuality, is entitled to file a complaint and bring an action against the employer for sexual harassment, gender discrimination, or for allowing a sexually hostile environment to exist in the workplace.
Getting Legal Representation
Anyone who has been discriminated against in hiring, or subjected to harassment on the job based on sexual orientation or gender identity in a hostile environment,
has the right to take a stand and initiate a legal action against the employer, if attempts to solve the problem internally have failed.
If this has happened to you, you may be able to receive payment of damages for lost earnings, benefits, future earning potential, emotional anguish, pain and suffering, and more. You will do best with an experienced San Diego workplace discrimination attorney on your side, one who understands and is sympathetic to the challenges members of the LGBT community often experience at work.
San Diego Employment Discrimination Lawyers Committed to Human Rights
The attorneys at Harrison & Bodell are committed to promoting human rights and the dignity of all people in the workplace. We have extensive experience handling all types of discrimination and harassment claims, and it is our passion to work for the equality, fairness, and justice for every person who works or wants to work for a living. We devote a large part of our practice to these issues because we believe that by working against the discrimination and harassment of members of protected categories of workers, including those who choose alternative lifestyles, we are contributing to a more robust, diverse, and tolerant society.
When you bring your discrimination or harassment case to employment law attorneys at Harrison & Bodell, we will begin an immediate investigation and assist you with the paperwork that needs to be submitted to the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, which must be done before a lawsuit can be filed. We are sensitive to the issues that too often face LGBT workers and will work tirelessly to achieve the outcome you are hoping for and to win you the award for the damages that you that you deserve.
Don’t delay, because legal time limits apply, and certain steps must be completed before filing suit. Call today to arrange a free consultation.