New York City Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Discrimination Attorney
What is Considered Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Discrimination in NY?
Federal, New York City and New York State law prohibits employers from discriminating against their employees on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Sexual orientation or gender identity discrimination occurs when an employee is treated differently based on his/her actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity (homosexual, heterosexual, bisexual, transgender, gender neutral, non-binary for example).
It does not matter if your employer’s perception of your sexual orientation or gender identity is right or wrong. Even if your employer is harassing you based on an incorrect belief about your sexual orientation or gender identity, that conduct is prohibited by City and State Law.
Some common examples of sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination include:
- Handing out promotions to workers of one sexual orientation or gender identity over workers of another sexual orientation or gender identity.
- Your supervisor or manager insults you or makes disparaging remarks because of your sexual orientation or gender identity
- Being denied benefits because of your sexual orientation or gender identity
- Being asked not to bring your same-sex partner to a company-sponsored event.
- Being treated differently by your supervisor or manager after he/she learned about your sexual orientation or gender identity
- Denying a transgender employee access to workplace restroom facilities available to other employees.
New York Employment Lawyers Can Protect Your Rights
It is important to understand that sexual orientation and gender identity 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 or gender identity 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.
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.
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