LGBT Harassment In The Workplace

At The Armstrong Law Firm in San Francisco, we fight to protect employees from the absolute degradation of LGBT harassment in the workplace. Our San Francisco lawyers have seen firsthand the impact that hostile work environments have on employees' lives — employees who should never have to fight for fair treatment, for the right to pursue their livelihoods free from discrimination.

It is against both California and federal law to discriminate against someone in the workplace because he or she is lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. California's Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) specifically lists "sexual orientation" as a protected class, making LGBT harassment strictly illegal.

Act Quickly To Protect Your Rights

There are deadlines for employment harassment claims. If you have experienced harassment in the workplace on account of your sexual orientation, protect your rights by calling 415-692-0462 as soon as possible.

During your free consultation, we will explain your rights and discuss your options for filing an LGBT harassment claim with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Your Legal Rights — Sexual Orientation Discrimination

A wide variety of actions and inactions can be considered workplace discrimination and harassment under the FEHA, including:

  • Hiring, firing, layoff and demotion decisions based on sexual orientation
  • Intimidation and other actions that constitute a hostile work environment
  • Harassment for acting "unmasculine" or "unfeminine"
  • Retaliation for asserting your legal rights
  • Reducing or refusing benefits based on sexual orientation
  • Failing to pay equal compensation due to sexual orientation

According to UCLA's Williams Institute, more than 20 percent of LGBT employees report having been harassed or discriminated against in the workplace on account of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Yet, few take legal action to hold employers accountable, allowing these illegal workplace practices to continue. Do not let this happen in your case.

Instead, contact The Armstrong Law Firm by calling 415-692-0462 or sending us an email. Our attorneys represent clients in San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Marin County and throughout the Bay Area.