Protections for employees from discrimination and harassment based on their sexual orientation are relatively new compared to other similar protections. In fact, there is currently no federal law that expressly protects employees in the private sector against such discrimination. However, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has interpreted Title VII to include such protections under the umbrella of sex discrimination. In addition, Nevada is one of the states that has amended employment laws to specifically provide protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. For these reasons, discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation should never be tolerated in a Las Vegas workplace.
Unfortunately, as it is with so many types of discrimination, laws are often not enough to prevent such occurrences in certain workplaces. Some employees must deal with such offensive behavior that it creates a hostile work environment and they are forced to leave their employment.
At the office of HKM Employment Attorneys, we believe that any such discrimination is unacceptable and that employers should be held accountable to the fullest extent under Nevada law. If you have been a victim of a hostile work environment or any other type of discrimination, please contact our office today for help.
Identifying Sexual Orientation Discrimination
Nevada law prohibits workplace discrimination based on the following:
- Sexual orientation – Including heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality.
- Gender identity – This protects individuals who internally identify as a gender other than their biological sex.
- Gender expression – This refers to the way a person externally represents their gender.
- Gender stereotypes – This involves any ideas of how a person of a gender should traditionally look, act, or dress.
In some cases, discrimination against a single individual can be based on multiple factors. In any event, such discrimination is harmful and is unlawful in the workplace. Unlawful actions include adverse employment decisions, retaliation, harassment, and more.
Were You Subjected to a Hostile Work Environment?
When retaliation or harassment rises to a certain level of offensiveness or pervasiveness, it can constitute a hostile work environment for the victim. Acts that can lead to this type of harmful and illegal environment include:
- Repeated offensive comments;
- Destruction of property.
In addition, if an employee complains of harassment due to their sexual orientation, it is unlawful for their employer to retaliate against them in any adverse way. In some situation, retaliation can include mistreatment that can itself rise to the level of a hostile work environment.
Contact Our Dedicated Sexual Orientation Discrimination Attorneys Today
Workplace discrimination can often be a sensitive and emotional matter and sexual orientation discrimination is no exception. At HKM, our employment attorneys know how serious a hostile work environment can be and the harm that can result. We know how to stand up for your rights to your employer so that you are able to be fully compensated for all of the losses you suffered. The sooner you call our Las Vegas office, the sooner we can begin protecting your rights. Call today at 702-625-3893 or contact us online.