Sexual Orientation Discrimination Lawyers
We fight for the rights of LGBTQ workers
Sexual orientation makes no difference in a person’s ability to do a job. Yet members of the LGBTQ community continue to face harassment and discrimination at the workplace. Employment laws are complicated and holding employers accountable can be a lengthy and difficult process. Our experienced discrimination attorneys can help.
At Gibson Law, LLC, we know how employers handle cases like yours. We used to represent them in cases involving discrimination and other employment issues. Our attorneys know which legal strategies are the most effective. Now, we use our experience and legal knowledge to help employees who are mistreated demand justice.
Building strong cases that get results
While laws addressing LGBTQ workers are still evolving, their rights are protected under federal and state laws. Employers may not legally consider an employee’s sexual orientation when making decisions about hiring, firing, promotion or pay, but many still do. Examples of sexual orientation discrimination include:
- An employer refuses to hire someone based on sexual orientation.
- An employer fires an employee after learning of their sexual orientation.
- A less-qualified heterosexual employee is promoted over an LGBTQ employee.
- Medical benefits are being denied to the same-sex spouse of an employee.
- An employee is paid less than heterosexual co-workers who are doing the same job under the same conditions.
- Heterosexual co-workers get larger pay increases despite equal performance on the job.
- An employer treats an employee less favorably than heterosexual employees.
- An employer uses stereotypes as the basis for employment decisions, such as believing someone in the LGBTQ community is not suited for a certain job.
- Managers or co-workers make statements based on sexual orientation, such as stereotypes, harassing comments or jokes.
In 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects employees against workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Sexual orientation discrimination can be reported to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC).
We are ready to fight for you
It is also important to get trusted legal advice as soon as possible. These agencies usually have a backlog of cases and it can take a long time for them to investigate. Our firm can start gathering evidence on your behalf right away. We can also help you take legal action to recover compensation for the damages you have suffered.
We carefully review all documentation related to your claim, including policy manuals, timesheets, memos, performance review and emails. We identify and interview witnesses, including co-workers and managers. Our attorneys know how to build strong cases that employers must take seriously.
Depending on your situation, you may be able to recover compensation for back pay, lost future wages, liquidated damages (double damages) and attorney’s fees. Many times, we are able to negotiate settlements with employers that meet the needs of our clients.
You do not have to tolerate sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace. Don’t delay. Contact us today for a consultation with a member of our legal team at our Cincinnati or Dayton office.