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Nation's Top One PercentSexual 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 attorneys at Nisar Law Group, P.C. 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.

Sexual Orientation Laws in New York

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. The following are basic steps to help you get started if you have been the victim of sexual orientation discrimination:

  • Collect any evidence of the discriminatory conduct, including text messages, emails, and messages through social media, and compile a list of potential witnesses. Keep in mind, any documents related to the discriminatory offenses should be kept at home.
  • Gather copies of any favorable employment reviews, congratulatory messages, and other positive feedback that has been recorded.
  • Review your company’s workplace policies and/or your union contract for information about the contractual rights, reporting processes, and grievance procedures.
  • Report the matter to the HR or proper workplace authorities.

Let Us Protect Your Rights Today!

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.

For more information, reach out to us at (646) 760-6493 to schedule a consultation immediately.

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