California is a leader in offering protection to workers based on sexual orientation. If you feel that you have experienced harassment or discrimination in the workplace because you are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual or transvestite, you may be entitled to compensation.
I am Karl A. Gerber, founder and lead trial attorney of the Employment Lawyers Group. Our attorneys represent employees in all types of employment discrimination cases. In Southern California, we have offices in Taft, Bakersfield and Wasco. We handle cases in all parts of California. Contact us to discuss your case.
Discrimination based on sexual orientation can take many forms, from failure to promote to wrongful termination. Harassment is different from discrimination in that it involves offensive comments or touching. Both types of conduct are illegal in the workplace under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). Male on male conduct can be sexual harassment. So can female on female
Discrimination and harassment can work both ways. If your boss is gay or lesbian and harasses you because you are straight, you may have a claim against your employer. Likewise, employees who want to turn you straight may be liable for sexual harassment orientation.
You do not have to put up with harassment or discrimination in the workplace. Your employer has a duty to investigate sexual orientation harassment and discrimination claims and could be found liable if it fails to do so. It is also illegal for your employer to retaliate against you for reporting harassment or discrimination, or for supporting another's claim.
To speak to our sexual orientation lawyers, call 661-412-9600 toll free. We handle all employment law cases on a contingency fee basis with no upfront costs. Se habla español.