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Despite the federal and state laws that are in place to protect employees from unlawful discrimination, sexual orientation and gender discrimination occur all too frequently in California workplaces. This type of discrimination arises when a worker is subjected to harassment, terminated, or otherwise subjected to adverse employment action due to their gender identity or LGBTQ+ status.

Not only can gender or sexual orientation discrimination affect your ability to carry out your employment and interfere with your right to earn a living, but it can also impact your sense of self-worth and dignity. If you were subjected to an adverse employment action because of your gender or sexual orientation, you may be entitled to take legal action. Offering skilled representation and dedicated advocacy, the employment attorneys at Optimum Employment Lawyers are committed to holding your employer accountable for their wrongful acts.

What is Sexual Orientation and Gender Discrimination?

Under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act, employers are prohibited from treating employees unfairly or in a discriminatory manner because of their sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation. Sexual orientation discrimination can include a wide range of conduct. In addition to being legally protected during the course of their employment, employers may not treat workers differently from others when hiring, promoting, or training them due to their sexual orientation.

Sexual orientation discrimination includes taking negative action in the workplace against someone who is or is perceived to be:

  • Gay
  • Lesbian
  • Heterosexual
  • Bisexual
  • Transgender
  • Non-Binary

Discrimination is also prohibited in the workplace based on an individual’s gender or gender expression. Specifically, gender expression refers to the way in which a person expresses the gender with which they identify — including how they dress and behave. It is illegal to pay men and women different compensation for carrying out the same work. It is also illegal for an employer to deny benefits, demote a worker, or force an employee to quit their job based on their gender or gender expression.

Critically, employers may not only be held responsible for their own employment actions, but for the conduct of other employees in the working environment. If a manager or supervisor knew that sexual orientation discrimination or gender-based harassment was occurring in the workplace, they may be held strictly liable if they failed to take action to prevent it.

At Optimum Employment Lawyers, we understand the significant toll that enduring sexual or gender discrimination in the workplace can have on you. Our compassionate and adept attorneys have the experience and acumen to handle even the most complex discrimination claims — and achieve positive results.

What Can You Do if You Experienced Sexual Orientation or Gender Discrimination in the Workplace?

If you suffered financially, emotionally, or professionally due to sexual orientation or gender discrimination in the workplace, you may be entitled to pursue a legal claim. Depending on the facts and circumstances of your case, you may be eligible to receive back pay, front pay, reinstatement of your position, or injunctive relief. You may also be able to recover lost bonus payments, benefits, the income you would have received from a promotion — and monetary compensation for your emotional distress.

At Optimum Employment Lawyers, we understand that gender and sexual discrimination matters can be emotionally draining and work to take the burden off your shoulders. We know how to effectively negotiate and litigate these types of claims and will relentlessly strive to reach a favorable resolution in your case.

Contact an Experienced California Employment Law Attorney

When you go to work each day, you should feel safe and comfortable in your environment. If your employer subjected you to negative treatment because of your gender or sexual orientation, it’s important to protect your legal rights — and hold them accountable for the harm you suffered. Providing honest counsel, straightforward advice, and dedicated representation, Optimum Employment Lawyers can help ensure you receive the compensation you deserve for your California sexual orientation or gender discrimination matter. Contact us at (949) 954-8181 to schedule a consultation.