Workplace Discrimination

New York LGBTQIA+ Discrimination Lawyers

The LGBTQIA+ rights movement in this country has come to the forefront of our political climate in the last several years, but the battle for equality in the workplace is far from over.

If you believe you have been discriminated against at work due to an LGBTQIA+ related issue, the compassionate Filippatos PLLC attorneys are ready to find the justice you deserve.

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Regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, you deserve equal opportunity, protection, and the right to live and work openly — without the threat of discrimination, harassment, or violence.

While the federal government includes the LGBTQIA+ community in protective laws, New York state and city laws have and offer some of the strongest protections in the country.

Fighting Against LGBTQIA+ Discrimination in the Workplace

LGBTQIA+ members of the community living in New York are fortunate to have the law on their side because of protections written into law similar to those protecting groups against ethnic and sex discrimination.

These protections include:

  • Prohibiting the refusal to hire or promote an employee or firing one based on sexual orientation or gender identity
  • Protection from harassment and hostile work environments

Examples of LGBTQIA+ Discrimination in the Workplace

Violations of LGBTQIA+ rights in the workplace come in many forms, from the indiscreet treatment of employees to blatant jokes made in front of other coworkers.

No person should have to tolerate this sort of behavior from colleagues or supervisors. Common examples of LGBTQIA+ work discrimination that violate New York laws are those that are in direct response to a person’s gender identity or sexual orientation and include:

  • Unfair decisions toward an employee
  • Not getting a promotion
  • Difference in pay compared to other coworkers performing the same duties
  • Employee segregation
  • Sexual jokes
  • Unwelcome sexual advances or touching
  • Hostile comments
  • Inappropriate language or gestures

How to File a LGBTQIA+ Discrimination Claim

If you believe you have been discriminated against in the workplace due to your sexual orientation, you have the right to pursue legal action.

You should consider filing a written complaint with your supervisor or human resources department and keeping a copy for your records. Document each incident thoroughly, noting the time, date, place, and any witnesses.

You may also choose to file a LGBTQIA+ discrimination claim with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). It is always best to obtain effective legal representation prior to filing a complaint with an administrative agency.

Sexual orientation discrimination claims should be filed within 180 days of the illegal action, although this deadline may be extended to 300 days in some cases. Additionally, you may file a local claim with the New York State Division of Human Rights or the New York City Commission on Human Rights.

You should always speak up about discrimination or harassment in your workplace. Once you file a formal complaint, you enjoy additional legal protections against retaliation. Remember, it is illegal for an employer to retaliate against you for filing a LGBTQIA+ discrimination claim.

Damages to Recover from LGBTQIA+ Discrimination

If you have been a victim of LGBTQIA+ discrimination in the workplace, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages and benefits, emotional distress, attorney’s fees, and punitive damages.

Filippatos PLLC is Dedicated to Protecting You Against LGBTQIA+ Discrimination

If you believe you have been a victim of LGBTQIA+ discrimination in the workplace, or you were fired because of an LGBTQIA+ related issue, you could be entitled to compensation.

Filippatos PLLC’s team of experienced NYC LGBTQIA+ discrimination attorneys is ready to hear your case and find the justice you deserve.

Please give us a call at 888-9-JOBLAW, fill out our online form, or schedule a free Zoom consultation so we may discuss the details of your case. We are committed to finding a compassionate, innovative, and successful solution that is right for you.

At Filippatos PLLC, we believe all individuals—from factory workers to boardroom executives—are entitled to fair pay and a workplace free from discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. Our team of experienced LGBTQIA+ discrimination lawyers in New York City will fight hard to secure you the dignity, respect, and justice you deserve.