Walnut Creek Sexual Orientation & LGBT Discrimination Lawyer
Over the last decade, the rights and protections of people within the LGBT+ community have expanded substantially in the United States. Unfortunately, despite these positive steps some employers still discriminate against workers based on their sexual orientation. If you or someone you know has been subjected to discrimination in the workplace based on their status as a member of this protected class, you need the Walnut Creek sexual orientation & LGBT discrimination lawyers at Venardi Zurada, LLP to zealously advocate your case. To learn more, call or contact our office today to schedule an evaluation of your claim.
What is Sexual Orientation Discrimination?
Discrimination in the workplace occurs when an employer engages in an adverse employment action against a worker because of their actual or perceived belonging to a protected class. One such class is an employee’s sexual orientation, or belonging to the LGBT+ community. It is important to know that sexual orientation discrimination can occur even if an employee is not a member of the LGBT+ community. So long as an employer engages in adverse employment actions against them because of their belief that the employee is part of this protected class, that is enough to merit a claim of sexual orientation discrimination. This type of discrimination claim is also not reserved specifically for employees, as applicants can also sue an employer for sexual orientation discrimination if that was the basis for not being hired for a position.
Adverse employment actions can take many forms, but the term refers to a multitude of actions that an employer can take against an employee that negatively impacts their employment. Examples of adverse employment actions taken against workers in sexual orientation and LGBT+ discrimination lawsuits include the following:
- Refusal to hire,
- Refusal to promote,
- Denial of raise,
- Poor performance reviews,
- Assignment of unmanageable work responsibilities,
- Transfer to a less desirable location,
- Assignment of difficult work hours,
- Disciplinary actions,
- Denial of fringe benefits,
- Denial of mentorship or training opportunities,
- Suspension, and
- Wrongful termination.
How a Sexual Orientation and LGBT Discrimination Lawyer Can Help
If you are facing sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace or discrimination based on LGBT+ status, you do not have to face this situation alone. A sexual orientation discrimination lawyer can protect your interests and enforce your rights to a safe and discrimination-free workplace by helping you file a claim against your employer. An attorney can explain the legal process, beginning with filing a complaint with the proper departments or outside entities like the EEOC as well as answer all of your questions about the law. A lawyer can supervise the investigative process into your claims and perform their own investigation by collecting evidence and taking witness testimony.
If the outcome of the investigation is not supportive of your case, a lawyer can take your case to court in order to protect your claims of sexual orientation discrimination. You may be entitled to compensation from your employer for any adverse employment actions taken against you, so talk to one of our attorneys today.
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To learn more from a Walnut Creek sexual orientation and LGBT discrimination lawyer, call or contact Venardi Zurada, LLP today.