Fight Back Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination

California law prohibits discrimination because of a person's sexual orientation, including discrimination against an employee on the basis of the employee's perceived sexual orientation. We strongly believe in protecting the rights of persons of all sexual orientations, gender identities, transgender status, etc., as persons of varying sexual orientations and gender identities often face workplace harassment and discrimination on this basis.

Is discrimination based on gender identity and gender expression illegal?

Yes. California has prohibited discrimination against transgender and gender non-conforming people in housing and employment since 2004 and in public accommodations since 2005. The Gender Nondiscrimination Act took effect on January 1st, 2012 and clarifies existing legal protections by making gender identity and gender expression their own protected categories in specified non-discrimination laws. These laws provide full protection to transgender and gender non-conforming individuals.

Employees who are the victims of sexual orientation discrimination may be able to recover lost past and future wages, emotional distress damages and punitive damages in employment litigation.

At The Rutten Law Firm, APC, our experienced employment law attorneys provide representation to the victims of sexual orientation discrimination in Los Angeles and the surrounding communities of Southern California. We understand the difficulty that many individuals can feel when dealing with discrimination that is based upon their sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation. Our lawyers are committed to the idea that no employee should have to feel unsafe or unsecure at work, and we aggressively pursue claims of discrimination for our clients.

Protection for Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Sexual orientation laws in the state of California protect heterosexuals, homosexuals and bisexuals from discrimination, as well as transsexual and transgender persons.  Simply put, a person's gender identity and sexual orientation are not relevant in the workplace. Nonetheless, we have seen the lives and careers of good employees suffer at the hands of the intolerant. We are committed to correcting these types of wrongs.

While laws against sexual orientation and gender orientation discrimination are fairly new, these cases offer the same types of potential court recovery as more typical gender discrimination cases. In many cases, other employment laws are also violated in conjunction with the sexual orientation discrimination and compensation may be pursued based upon these laws. For instance, harassment that is based upon a person's sexual orientation, gender identity or transgender status also qualifies as gender harassment or as sexual harassment, depending on the exact nature of the conduct.

In California, an employee must make a complaint of sexual orientation discrimination to the California Department of Fair Housing and Employment (FEHA) within one year after the discrimination has taken place. The employee will receive a Right to Sue Notice from the DFEH and then must file a complaint in court within one year of the FEHA notice.

Contact The Rutten Law Firm, APC in Southern California

If you believe that you have been discriminated against or are the victim of wrongful termination that is based on your sexual orientation, or your gender identity or expression, you need to speak with an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us at The Rutten Law Firm, APC and learn about your rights under California employment law. Call us toll free at 818-308-5945.

We offer free initial consultations and take employment law cases on a contingency basis.