As we reported recently, there are some protections against discrimination and harassment for gay and transgender employees within many state and federal employment laws.
If you are sexually harassed or discriminated against at work, it could be potentially illegal, as legislation applies whether the person being harassed is a man or a woman, or if both the harasser and victim are of the same sex. In many circumstances, these laws apply to gay and transgender employees.
According to the Los Angeles Times, recently, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a pair of lawsuits against companies in Florida and Michigan, accusing them of discriminating against transgender employees.
According to the Times, the lawsuits state that the companies violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which provides protections against sexual discrimination in the workplace. It is the first time that the federal government has filed a lawsuit over transgender discrimination allegations against private companies.
In one of the cases, a woman who was undergoing a gender transition procedure was terminated after she notified her employer, a funeral home, of her plan. In the other case, an employee claimed that she was fired after she notified her employer, an eye clinic, that she was transgender.
“An employee should not be denied employment opportunities because he or she does not conform to the preferred or expected gender norms or roles of the employer or co-workers,” Malcolm S. Medley, director for the EEOC’s Miami District Office said in a statement, according to the Times. “Protections must be afforded to such employees.”
How Can I File a Transgender Discrimination Lawsuit?
If you have experienced harassment at work because you are gay or transgender, contact us immediately. You should not have to face issues at work, because you have chosen to be brave and live a comfortable lifestyle.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob– Los Angeles employment attorneys