LGBTQ Workplace Discrimination: Know Your Rights

Discrimination against LGBTQ individuals in the workplace is not only unjust but also illegal. The Los Angeles Discrimination Lawyers at Moore Ruddell LLP, are committed to supporting those who feel victimized by such discrimination. Here’s what you need to know:

Recognizing LGBTQ Discrimination in the Workplace

LGBTQ discrimination can manifest in various ways, including derogatory comments, unequal pay, unfair treatment, or a hostile work environment.

It may involve:

  • Being passed over for promotion or unfairly evaluated because of your sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • Colleagues or supervisors make offensive remarks or jokes about LGBTQ individuals.
  • Differential treatment in job assignments or benefits.

Recognizing these signs is the first step toward seeking justice.

What is a Negative or Adverse Employment Action?

A negative or adverse employment action is something that adversely affects your employment conditions, such as:

These actions, when connected to discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, can be grounds for legal recourse.

Can I be Fired for Complaining about LGBTQ Discrimination?

California law protects employees from retaliation for reporting or opposing discrimination. If you’re terminated or face adverse actions for speaking out against LGBTQ discrimination, we can help you understand your rights and options.

How Long Do I Have to File an LGBTQ Discrimination Lawsuit?

The timeline for filing a lawsuit depends on various factors, including whether you’re filing under federal or state laws. In California, you generally have three years from the date of discrimination to file a claim. Consulting an attorney promptly ensures you get all the important deadlines.

Do I Have an LGBTQ Discrimination Claim?

If you’ve faced discrimination based on your sexual orientation or gender identity, you may have a valid claim. Our experienced attorneys will evaluate the specific circumstances of your case and guide you on the best course of action.

What You Can Do About LGBTQ Discrimination

Report It in Writing

If you believe you’ve been discriminated against, report the incident to your HR department in writing. Provide details, dates, and witnesses if possible.

Keep Records

Maintain all correspondence, evaluations, and other documents related to the discrimination. This will be essential evidence to help with establishing proof if you decide to pursue legal action.

Don’t Quit

If you’re considering quitting your job due to discrimination, speak with an attorney first. Quitting might affect your legal rights and remedies.

Take Care of Yourself

Discrimination can take a toll on your mental and emotional well-being. Consider seeking support from friends, family, or professionals.

Contact an LGBTQ Discrimination Lawyer

At Moore Ruddell LLP, we understand the emotional toll that discrimination can take. Our empathetic approach, combined with our legal expertise, helps us champion your rights. If you’re facing workplace discrimination related to your LGBTQ status, contact us today! Together, we will seek justice and work toward creating a more equal environment in your workplace for all.

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