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Los Angeles Sexual Orientation Discrimination Lawyer

Sexual orientation discrimination occurs when an employer treats an employee or a job applicant differently or unfavorably because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation. Sexual orientation includes being gay, lesbian, bisexual, heterosexual, or any other identity. Although California is a progressive, inclusive state as a whole, the unfortunate reality is that people are still discriminated against due to their sexual identities in the workplace. If you are a victim of discrimination, you can turn to a seasoned sexual orientation discrimination lawyer from RD Law Group for help.

Sexual Orientation Discrimination Lawyer | Here to Protect Your Rights

Being discriminated against due to something you can’t control is unacceptable. Unfortunately, it isn’t all that uncommon in the workplace. That said, if you’ve been discriminated against in any way, a competent Los Angeles employment discrimination lawyer can help you fight for the justice you deserve.

Examples of Sexual Orientation Discrimination in the Workplace

Sexual orientation discrimination can take many forms and affect various aspects of employment, such as hiring, firing, promotions, pay, and more. Some potential examples of sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace can include:

  • An employer refuses to hire a qualified candidate due to their sexual orientation.
  • An employer fires an employee right after they come out as gay, bisexual, or any other sexual orientation.
  • An employer routinely harasses an employee about their sexual orientation, such as by making cruel “jokes” or otherwise doing or saying things to create a hostile work environment.
  • A supervisor, employer, or co-worker touches, gropes, or otherwise sexually assaults an employee because of their orientation.
  • An employer retaliates against an employee who complains about sexual orientation discrimination or supports another employee’s complaint.

These are just some examples of sexual orientation. If you have experienced any of these, or any other act of discrimination due to your sexual identity, you most likely have a valid discrimination claim, and a seasoned employment lawyer from RD Law Group can help you file that claim.

Filing a Sexual Orientation Discrimination Claim

California has some of the strongest laws in the nation to protect employees from sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace. The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) prohibits employers with five or more employees from discriminating against employees and job applicants based on sexual orientation, as well as gender identity and expression. The FEHA also prohibits harassment based on sexual orientation.

Employees who experience sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace have the right to file a complaint with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) and a lawsuit against their employer for damages. Importantly, however, employees should never attempt to do so on their own; hiring a sexual orientation discrimination lawyer is paramount.

Statute of Limitations

Employees who want to file a complaint or a lawsuit for sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace must do so within a certain time limit, known as the statute of limitations. For complaints filed with the DFEH, employees have three years from the date of the discriminatory act to file a complaint. However, it is advisable to file as soon as possible after experiencing discrimination to preserve evidence and witnesses.

Contact RD Law Group Today

The bottom line is that if you have been discriminated against at work because of your sexual orientation, you need an experienced Los Angeles employment lawyer to help you protect your rights and seek justice. Fortunately, if you’re reading this, you are in the right place. Contact RD Law Group today to schedule your initial consultation with our dedicated employment law firm.

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