While our community generally discourages and combats discrimination, such as ageism and racism, few groups find themselves so openly and frequently subjected to discrimination as those of us who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender (LGBT). From being denied services to being illegally denied marriage licenses, our society finds itself still battling the same injustices, but with new targets.
With federal statutes not directly addressing this type of discrimination, many employers may assume that it is permissible or even acceptable to discriminate against the LGBT. While the EEOC takes the position that the federal prohibition against gender discrimination includes transgender, and some federal courts have agreed, the federal law as applied in New York is not yet clear.
In New York, however, state and local human rights laws strongly and directly condemn and prohibit discrimination and harassment in the workplace based on sexual orientation and transgender discrimination. All LGBT workers in New York State who have suffered on-the-job discrimination have recourse, and the recourse for transgender persons is even clearer in NYC. Our Award-Winning New York Employment Attorney has counseled and advised clients with regard to sexual orientation discrimination claims in the workplace and is ready to speak with you about your employment discrimination concerns.