Your Rights to Sexual Orientation & Identity
When an individual is treated differently based on their sexual orientation, it is considered discrimination. This may occur against individuals who are homosexual, heterosexual, or bisexual. There have been more and more cases of this type of discrimination coming forward in the workplace. It can occur in recruitment, hiring, promotions, and even job training and assignments.
Schwartz Perry & Heller LLP Can Protect Your Rights
Under the New York City Human Rights Law, employees are protected from this discrimination. If they have been victimized, this law also gives them protection and legal means to take action. Even a simple perceived sexual orientation can result in discrimination, which is still prohibited under the law.
Some common examples of sexual discrimination include:
- You are denied benefits for your partner because they are the same sex as you.
- Your boss fires you because they think you are gay, bisexual, straight, or lesbian.
- Your employer treats you different after learning about your sexual orientation.
- You suffer harassment at the workplace due to your sexual activity.
- You are treated more harshly or denied benefits or bonuses due to your sexual preferences.
It is important to understand that discrimination can often be subtle. If you have repeatedly been passed over for a promotion when less qualified, straight people have not, or if you have received poor evaluations for minor or trivial things, these may be discriminatory behaviors that would give rise to a viable claim for sexual orientation discrimination. It is equally important to understand that if you have filed a complaint with your human resources department or supervisor and then have been punished for making that complaint, you may also be the victim of retaliation, which is also illegal.
New York Employment Lawyers Can Protect Your Rights
The bottom line is that any discriminatory act against you in the workplace that is founded in your sexual orientation or preferences is prohibited and valid reason to call on our firm. The New York employment attorneys at Schwartz Perry & Heller LLP are more than ready to discuss your concerns and questions with you. We offer simple, risk-free initial consultations, so you can share your case with us in a stress-free environment.
Contact us today if you are ready to work with our trusted legal team.
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