Discriminated Against For Your Sexual Orientation?

Find out if you were discriminated against for your sexual orientation.

If you were treated differently because of your sexual orientation or your perceived sexual orientation (straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, asexual, or pansexual), you may have experienced sexual orientation discrimination.

You could also be discriminated against just for associating with another individual who had a different sexual orientation. Oftentimes, people who are discriminated against for their sexual orientation are also harassed on the grounds of gender identity, sex, disability, or marital status. Federal laws only protect people from discrimination in the workplace based on race, sex, age, religion, national origin, and disability.

At this time, 22 states and Washington D.C., have laws in place that prohibit sexual orientation discrimination. Most of these states prohibit sexual orientation discrimination in private and public places of employment, but a few only prohibit it in public workplaces. (But that means that 28 states still allow individuals of the LGBT community to be terminated as employees on the basis on sexual orientation.) Although the recent Supreme Court ruled that LGBT citizens could legally marry, there are still legal conflicts and unfortunately, there still aren't permanent legal protections. People of the LGBT community still lack protections in matters of housing, employment, education, federal funding, and more.

In 2014, President Obama signed an Executive Order that added sexual orientation and gender identity protections for federal workers, contractors and subcontractors of the Federal government. In the private sector, however, there still are no federal laws outlawing sexual orientation discrimination.

To find out more about your protections based on your city, county, and state, visit: www.lamdalegal.org.


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