Every workspace should be a place of learning and growth. With the passing of the years, new skills are acquired day by day, putting our skills and knowledge at stake. However, this is not the case for all companies or businesses in California. Although discrimination based on sexual orientation is illegal, it is a reality that many employees experience daily during their workdays, especially from their employers and co-workers.
There are different ways of discrimination based on social orientation, and it is important that you recognize them to know when your rights are being violated. If you have been denied the opportunity to be promoted to a new position and have not been provided an explanation related to your skills or abilities in performing your job, you may be denied the opportunity for reasons unrelated to how you perform at work. . The same happens if your coworkers receive a salary increase and it is not reflected in your salary. In this way, without discriminating verbally and directly, they are indirectly discriminating against you because of your sexual orientation.
Recently, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 added the LGBITQ+ collective to the norms that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Said law previously contemplated only cases of discrimination based on sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality and color. However, after a long struggle, it has been ruled that a worker cannot be fired for his sexual orientation.
Despite having this law, in many workplaces they ignore it and continue to discriminate against their employees, denying them the same rights and opportunities as their peers. This is illegal, and you can report it, so this stops happening to you or other employees. Your claim can make a difference in the future.
In these cases, to file a lawsuit, it is important to have proof of what happened. Going to a lawyer specialized in labor laws can be of great help, since they will know how to accompany you and support you with the documentation to present, in addition to letting you know how the case is progressing. An attorney will be able to help you get the fair treatment you deserve.