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Sexual Orientation Discrimination in California: What LGBT Employees Should Know

If you're an LGBT Californian and have been discriminated against due to your sexual orientation or gender identity in the workplace, you are not alone. Although it can be difficult to replace the dignity that may have been taken away from you due to this type of employment discrimination, State and Federal laws can protect you from sexual orientation discrimination at work.

This article will tell you some of what you will need to know about what constitutes sexual orientation discrimination in California and what you should to do right away if you've been subjected to these unlawful employment practices.

If you're an LGBT Californian and have been discriminated against due to your sexual orientation or gender identity in the workplace, you are not alone. Although it can be difficult to replace the dignity that may have been taken away from you due to this type of employment discrimination, State and Federal laws can protect you from sexual orientation discrimination at work.

This article will tell you some of what you will need to know about what constitutes sexual orientation discrimination in California and what you should to do right away if you've been subjected to these unlawful employment practices.

What is Sexual Orientation Discrimination?

Activity constituting sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace comes in a variety of forms. Such conduct may be directed at people who are actually heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual, or may be because of gender identity or if a person is believed by co-workers or employers to belong to any of those categories . Sexual orientation discrimination comes in many forms as well, but typically involves a person's employer or co-workers subjecting them to negative treatment due to their sexual orientation. This negative treatment can be anything from unfair performance reviews to increased scrutiny, write-ups, being assigned inferior shifts or duties, and wrongful termination.

Signs You've Been Subjected to Sexual Orientation Discrimination

While many people believe that bullying stops once you get out of high school, it can also happen in the workplace. Sexual orientation discrimination, harassment and bullying is not uncommon in the workplace, and we have worked with clients on numerous cases involving sexual orientation harassment and discrimination. If adverse actions - such as negative performance reviews, write-ups, or termination - have been taken against you because of your sexual orientation or gender identity, they are likely unlawful and you may want to seek assistance from an attorney.

Look for these signs you've been subjected to unlawful sexual orientation discrimination at work:

  • You've suffered from verbal abuse or insults because of your sexual orientation
  • You've been physically abused or threatened with violence because of your sexual orientation
  • Your workspace has been damaged by coworkers or you've fallen subject to other cruel office pranks, because of your sexual orientation, which don't allow you to get your work done efficiently or at all
  • You've been cyber bullied by your boss or coworkers via email, text, social media, faxes, etc. because of your sexual orientation
  • You've been blatantly humiliated in front of coworkers or clients because of your sexual orientation
  • You've been unfairly disciplined by your employer because of your sexual orientation
  • You've fallen subject to negative performance reviews because of your sexual orientation
  • You've been excluded from project meetings you should be a part of because of your sexual orientation
  • You've been denied ongoing training because of your sexual orientation
  • You've been denied a promotion or raise because of your sexual orientation
  • Your workload has increased because of your sexual orientation
  • Your hours have decreased or a your work shifts change suddenly because of your sexual orientation
  • You've been terminated because of your sexual orientation

If any of the aforementioned actions have been taken against you due to your sexual orientation, then you are likely to have been unlawfully discriminated against at work. An experienced employment lawyer, can assist you to recover damages in the form of lost wages, employee benefits, damages for emotional pain and suffering, and more.

What To Do If You've Been Discriminated Against Due to Sexual Orientation

Now that you know the some of the forms that sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace can take, you may want to contact an experienced employment lawyer to help you figure out how to proceed with filing a complaint. Be as prepared as possible with documentation of the harassing or discriminatory incidents that have happened at work; including the dates they occurred, the names of those involved, witnesses and anything else you have documented, including any emails or letters of complaint.

The attorneys at Hennig Ruiz are here to passionately fight for the rights of LGBT employees, and help you recover what you have lost due to sexual orientation discrimination. Not only are we experienced in sexual orientation discrimination law, but we are active in the LGBT community. In fact, our firm's founder has been actively involved with the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, as well as the LGBT chapter of the ACLU of Southern California, and Equality California. Call us today for a free consultation.

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