June is a significant month within the LGBT community. Considered the month of pride in tribute to the Stonewall uprising that took place in New York City in June 1969, the community encourages events and activities to give visibility to the movement that has been fighting since then. Yet, despite having won several rights since the 1970s, there is still a long way to go.
Harassment and discrimination in the workplace are a reality for many members of the LGBT community, who face uncomfortable situations from co-workers and even employers on a daily basis. The State of California has federal laws at their disposal, as no one should feel uncomfortable or handicapped in their workspace.
The Fair Employment and Housing Act determines that employment discrimination based on sexual orientation is illegal in California, so you have the right to take legal action in any situation in which you have felt disabled or diminished in the workplace. This law also contemplates cases of employment discrimination to which you may be exposed in a job interview or job applications and applies to both public and private employees, employment agencies, and labor organizations.
In what situations is there discrimination based on sexual orientation?
- Not hiring or promoting someone because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
- Not allowing a person access to salary increases because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
- Denying you the possibility of taking part in educational programs or training for better jobs because of your sexual orientation or gender identity.
- Creating a hostile work environment with discriminatory behavior towards an employee.
- Terminating a contract without apparent justification due to your gender orientation or identity.
If you or someone you know has experienced such a situation, you should know that you can take legal action against your employer for breaking the law. Under no circumstances should discrimination be accepted. That is why, at Lipeles Law Group, we seek to enforce your rights. You don’t deserve to be censored for being who you are in your workplace.