There are many forms of discrimination that employees can face in the workplace. Legal issues persist with gender and sexual orientation discrimination. However, the law protects employees who endure employment discrimination based on gender.
What is Gender And Sexual Orientation Discrimination?
Gender and sexual orientation discrimination is any type of harassment directed at an employee’s orientation. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 forbids discrimination when it comes to any aspect of employment. Aspects include hiring, firing, pay, assignments, promotions, training, and any other condition of employment. The law applies to private sector employees and public sector employees. Gender discrimination is also illegal under the DC Human Rights Act of 1977.
Discrimination could occur after a co-worker or employer finds out an employee’s sexual orientation, or if they perceive it and begin spreading rumors. Harassment is unwelcome in the workplace, and it can create a hostile environment. While making a single offhanded comment might not be grounds for a case, ongoing offensive comments could constitute a claim.
Discrimination in the workplace can happen to anyone and should be handled accordingly.
Under employment law, you could have grounds to file a sexual discrimination lawsuit if you have experienced the following:
- Harassment based on your sexual orientation by a co-worker or employer
- Negative comments regarding sexual orientation
- Denial of promotion due to sexual orientation
- Being treated differently due to sexual orientation
- Denial of insurance or other work benefits gained by other employees due to sexual orientation.
Protection From Discrimination
Discrimination due to sexual orientation is prohibited under the Civil Rights Act. It is a form of sex discrimination. While no federal law clearly states that discrimination of gender and sexual orientation is against the law, several states have stepped in to protect workers, including the District of Columbia.
HKM Employment Attorneys has gender and sexual orientation discrimination lawyers located in Washington, D.C. to help you with claims. Everyone has the right to protection from discrimination in the workplace. Our law firm will fight your case and get you the compensation you deserve.
If you feel as though you are a victim of gender and sexual orientation discrimination, we have legal help available. Filing a case can be difficult, arduous, and complex. Hiring an experienced employment lawyer can increase your chances of winning a gender discrimination case. If you have questions and would like to schedule a Consultation for legal advice, contact us today.