Several Laws Protect You From Sexual Orientation Discrimination
Your sexual orientation is no longer an issue that needs to remain “in the closet” in order to pursue or maintain employment. If you have been wronged under any of these situations, an L.A. Sexual Orientation DiscriminationLawyer from Jackson & Associates can assist you.
No matter your sexual orientation, you are legally protected against discrimination in the workplace. Source: MorgueFile
- The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is charged with enforcing regulations against discrimination in the federal and private sectors along with state and local governments. Title VII of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 holds that sexual orientation is one of the protected characteristics. The EEOC has found that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals are covered by this regulation, making discrimination against these grounds illegal.
- Federal government applicants and employees are protected by the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 (CSRA) which also prohibits discrimination based on sex. This Act includes an umbrella clause forbidding discrimination based on any actions that do not “adversely affect the performance of the applicant or employee.” Enforcement is handled jointly by the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) and the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB).
- Executive Order 11478 specifically names sexual orientation as one of the protected characteristics. Federal employees with a grievance may file a sexual orientation claim under this order while also filing a sex discrimination claim with the EEOC.
A company or organization should never consider your sexual orientation as a condition of employment. If you have been a victim of this behavior, you don’t have to stay silent. Please contact us to speak with an L.A. Sexual Orientation Discrimination Lawyer from Jackson & Associates who will work to prevent the violation of your legal rights.