Sexual orientation discrimination occurs when an individual or a group of people are treated in an unfair or hostile manner due to their actual or perceived sexual orientation. Fortunately, employees who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender have greater protections under state law than at any time in U.S. history. Laws in New York explicitly prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
Although you may not be aware of the legal options available to you in such a situation, our New York employment litigation attorneys at White, Nisar & Hilferty, LLP believes that any employer who discriminates or permits such behavior to exist on the job should be held accountable for their actions. With an exceptional track record of success, our award-winning legal team can safeguard your legal rights and aggressively obtain the most favorable outcome possible.
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New York state law prohibits employers from discriminating against a person because of his/her sexual orientation. The Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act (SONDA) that was passed in 2002 bans sexual orientation discrimination, based on a definition of sexual orientation as homosexuality, bisexuality, asexuality, or even heterosexuality, whether actual or perceived.
Furthermore, the New York City Human Rights Law provides protection based on both sexual orientation and sexual identity. This city ordinance allows a plaintiff’s attorneys fees to be covered by an employer found to have violated the law.
However, federal law does not explicitly prohibit sexual orientation discrimination.
Our New York employment litigation lawyers can analyze your situation and develop an effective strategy to hold those responsible for their actions. We want to stop you bearing the burden of discrimination and we will do our best to obtain the compensation you deserve. If you have been subjected to discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, we are committed to fighting for you and your right to equal treatment in the workplace.
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