Sexual orientation discrimination happens in employment situations much too frequently. From discrimination during the hiring process to denied promotions and firings, employees who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender often face harassment on the job. Many of these employees also experience anxieties about whether they will be evaluated in job applications and when applying for promotions on the basis of their ability to perform the work as opposed to on the basis of their sexual orientation.
If you have faced sexual orientation discrimination on the job or in an employment application process, you may be able to file a claim. A sexual orientation discrimination lawyer in Columbus can assist you.
According to Workplace Fairness, a nonprofit organization that focuses on employee rights, sexual orientation discrimination is defined as a situation in which “an employee is subjected to negative employment action, harassment, or denial of certain benefits because of their sexual orientation, or the sexual orientation of someone they are close to.”
For residents of Columbus, Ohio, there are no explicit laws that prohibit sexual orientation discrimination, but you may be able to use existing laws to help with your claim.
Federal law does not explicitly prohibit sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace, but the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recognizes sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination as forms of sex discrimination prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The EEOC explains that it “interprets and enforces Title VII’s prohibition of sex discrimination as forbidding any employment discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation,” and that “these protections apply regardless of any contrary state or local laws.” The EEOC provides the following examples of LGBTQ+ discrimination claims that it recognizes as unlawful sex discrimination under Title VII:
As Equality Ohio explains, there are no specific statewide laws in place to prohibit sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination. While LGBTQ+ anti-discrimination legislation has been introduced in the state legislature, such legislation has yet to pass.
Even though Ohio does not have specific protections for LGBTQ+ employees who face discrimination because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, it may be possible to file a claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and its prohibition against sex discrimination.
Sexual orientation discrimination claims can be complex, but a Columbus sexual orientation discrimination attorney can help. Contact Marshall Forman & Schlein LLC today to get started on your case.
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