Are you experiencing a hostile work environment because of your sexual orientation or gender identity? Were you passed over for a promotion or fired after your employer discovered you are gay?
Every person has the right to a workplace free of LGBTQ discrimination. Unfortunately, LGBTQ employees continue to be discriminated against because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. According to the Center for American Progress, 1 in 4 LGBTQ people reported experiencing discrimination in 2016. Discrimination, and the fear of being discriminated against, continues to shape the lives of LGBTQ people.
We Hold Employers Accountable for LGBTQ Discrimination
Bailess Law Firm recognizes the impact LGBTQ discrimination can have on your mental health and wellbeing, not to mention on your livelihood. We have zero tolerance for LGBTQ discrimination and are committed to fairness in the workplace. Our workplace discrimination lawyers hold employers accountable for engaging in LGBTQ discrimination, which can include:
- Derogatory comments about homosexual, bisexual, or transgender individuals
- Harassment from an employer or co-workers based on your sexual orientation or
- gender identity
- Jokes about your sexual orientation or gender identity
- Not being hired or being denied a promotion based on your sexual orientation or gender identity
- Being fired because of your sexual orientation or gender identity
- Being treated differently, especially after your sexual orientation or gender identity is
- Retaliation for reporting LGBTQ discrimination
- Failure to take prompt and correct action against discrimination
Protection Against LGBTQ Discrimination
Your right to work without facing discrimination is protected. With the United States Supreme Court Opinion in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia in October 2019, folks who have been discriminated against based upon their sexual orientation or gender identity found recourse under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, employees and job applicants are protected from discrimination based on their race, color, religion, sex, and national origin. Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia set the precedent that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act extends to protect employees from discrimination based on their gender identity and sexual orientation.
This protection covers you during every step of the employment process, including recruitment, selection, termination, and other employment decisions.
Available Damages In West Virginia
If you’ve faced LGBTQ discrimination in the workplace, you may be entitled to the following damages:
- Lost wages (back pay and front pay)
- Emotional distress/mental anguish
- Loss of dignity, embarrassment, humiliation
- Punitive damages
- Job reinstatement
Talk to our West Virginia Workplace LGBTQ Discrimination Attorneys About Your Case
We take seriously the opportunity to hold accountable any employer who permits LGBTQ discrimination in the workplace, and we understand how unemployment disproportionately affects members of the LGBTQ community. If you’ve faced discrimination at your workplace because of your sexual orientation or gender identity, our team will stand with you to fight workplace discrimination. Call us at (304) 413-1400 or complete our contact form for a free consultation to discuss your case.