California has long been at the forefront of employee protections in the workplace. That is perhaps most evident in laws that protect LGBTQ+ individuals from discrimination at work, a group the federal government has long been hesitant to protect. Unfortunately, there are times when workers in California experience discrimination because of their sexual orientation. At the Kaufman Law Firm, our team is standing by when you need a Los Angeles sexual orientation discrimination attorney. We will investigate your claim and work to secure any compensation you are entitled to.
Rarely is sexual orientation discrimination completely obvious in the workplace. Rather, discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals can take many forms. This includes:
Both the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act (Title VII)make it illegal for employers to discriminate against workers because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
Importantly, California law is specific about protections for transgender individuals. You are protected if you transition while you are on the job, you have the right to tell your employer you are transitioning, and your employer cannot discriminate against you or mistreat you because of your transition. You also have the right to be addressed by your “lived” name, which is the name you have chosen to go by.
Employees in California also have the right to use the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity. An employer cannot dictate which restroom you use.
California law bans discrimination based on “actual or perceived” sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. This means that you are protected from discrimination, even if your employer is incorrect about your identity.
California law states that it is illegal to discriminate against somebody because they associate with somebody who is a part of the LGBTQ+ community. This includes your friends or family members.
Under California law, employer-provided health insurance and Medi-Cal are required to cover medically necessary gender-affirming care in the same way that they cover any other medically necessary treatments.
If you or somebody you care about has been discriminated against in the workplace because of issues relating to sexual orientation, contact an attorney today. At the Kaufman Law Firm, our experienced attorneys will work to investigate every aspect of your case. We have extensive experience with California employment laws and our goal will be to secure any compensation you are entitled to. This can include:
Your job is more than just a source of income. It is a major part of your lifestyle. If you have been the victim of wrongful termination, wrongful demotion or any kind of discriminatory business practices, it is time to take action and contact a Ventura employment law attorney that can help. Attorney Matthew A. Kaufman and the team at The Kaufman Law Firm bring experience and a vast arsenal of legal resources to help clients recover the money they deserve.
To learn more, contact our Westlake Village or Los Angeles law office today and schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case.