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Recognizing signs of LGBT discrimination at work


State and federal laws protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees from all forms of discrimination and harassment in the workplace.

Unfortunately, this behavior still occurs. LGBT employees across the state and across the country experience various types of discrimination and harassment where they work.

Discrimination and harassment, defined

  • Discrimination: Differential treatment of an employee on the basis of LGBT status.
  • Harassment: Unwelcome comments or behavior intended to humiliate or exclude an individual on the basis of LGBT status.

Can you recognize signs of LGBT discrimination or harassment at work? Here are some red flags to look out for:

  • Verbal harassment, such as repeated inappropriate remarks or jokes about sexual orientation or gender identity
  • Physical harassment, such as unwanted touching, hugging, backrubs or slaps on the back
  • Failure to promote an employee because of LGBT status
  • Demoting an employee because of LGBT status
  • Changing job responsibilities and duties after learning about LGBT status
  • Inappropriate questions being asked during the interview process

Employers are required to respond to harassment and discrimination in the workplace. When they fail to do so, it may be time to seek outside help.

If you have experienced LGBT discrimination at work, you should consider talking to an employment law attorney about your legal protections. You may be eligible for compensation.

Free consultation: Call 866-295-7512 to contact Bononi Law Group, LLP, in Pasadena, California.

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