Discrimination in the workplace is illegal. Employers can be held responsible for their wrongdoing when they discriminate against an employee on the basis of sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, age, pregnancy or inclusion in another protected class.
LGBT workers are often the targets of mistreatment and discrimination at work. As a nation, we have taken many steps in the right direction to achieving equality – the legalization of gay marriage in the United States, etc. – many LGBT workers still face injustice at work.
Some examples of LGBT discrimination include:
- Advising an LGBT employee to avoid talking about a partner, displaying photos of his or her family, or displaying other aspect of his or her personal life
- Advising an LGBT employee to act a certain way because of his or her gender (requesting a female employee to dress or talk more femininely, for example)
- Failing to hire or promote a well qualified LGBT worker, favoring a less experienced or less qualified candidate instead
- Making inappropriate comments to an LGBT worker
- Verbally or physically abusing an LGBT employee
Employees should be valued based on their skills, experience, and work ethic. When an employer (or colleague) treats an employee differently because he or she is lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, it is important to speak out and take action.
When an employer fails to take action to stop discrimination in the workplace, it is advisable to speak to an attorney. Victims are protected by the law and may be eligible for compensation.
If you are an LGBT worker and you have experienced discrimination by your employer, talk to an attorney from Bononi Law Group, LLP, about your legal options. Call for a free and confidential consultation: 213-550-5503.