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. Despite modern thinking about sexual orientation we have also found many job terminations are the result of an employee’s sexual orientation or ignorant fears of the transmission of AIDS.
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 Bakersfield, Downtown Los Angeles, Gardena, Oxnard, Riverside, San Diego, Sherman Oaks, and Tustin. We handle cases in all parts of California. Our Northern California offices are located in Sacramento, San Francisco, and San Jose.
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.
Sexual harassment laws apply equally to gay employees as they do to straight employees. Some gay sexual harassment cases involve same sex harassment. Others involve straight employees thinking they will turn a gay employee straight, or getting a rise talking about their sexual practices. Our California discrimination lawyers have handled many different forms of sexual harassment perpetrated towards the gay community.
$225,000 sexual harassment settlement for a bisexual college student in Los Angeles
Over $100,000 present cash value of a sexual harassment settlement for a Sacramento lesbian the boss hoped to turn straight
To speak to our sexual orientation lawyers, call 877-525-0700 toll free. We handle all employment law cases on a contingency fee basis with no upfront costs. Se habla español.