15 Jul Sexual orientation shouldn’t lead to discrimination
As a working employee, you have rights that protect you from being harassed or discriminated against based on your sexual orientation. Federal and state laws exist to prevent this kind of situation in the workplace, because it is not only disruptive but harmful to employees on the whole. If you are mistreated because you are gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, heterosexual or have any other sexual preference, you may be able to file a claim against your employer.
It’s important to know that there is no current federal statute that protects you from sexual orientation discrimination in the private sector, but if you work for the federal government, you are protected. At the state level, there are laws to protect you. That means that you can fight back against unfair treatment.
It’s not just state and federal laws that matter. Your company may have its own rules and regulations for how employees should be treated. You may find that even if the state isn’t working with you, your company will prevent the harassment or discrimination from continuing. In most cases, you should speak with your human resources department before filing a claim. In California, the state does protect you, so you should receive help from human resources immediately. If the department doesn’t assist you, then you may able to move forward with a legal claim.
Our website has more information on sexual orientation discrimination and what to do if you’ve been victimized. Whether you’re in a homosexual or heterosexual relationship, are asexual or have other preferences, your employer has no reason to discriminate against you and your private business.