Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation

Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation - San Diego Attorney

El Cajon Gay Rights Lawyer

The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. This includes heterosexuality and homosexuality. This protection under the law is extended to gay, lesbian, transgender and transsexual workers.

It may therefore be illegal for an employer to do any of the following based on sexual orientation:

  • Refuse to hire or promote
  • Firing, deny training, deny the opportunity for advancement or otherwise treat an employee unequally
  • Harass an employee

Employers who violate these laws must pay the mis-treated employee lost wages, medical expenses, attorney fees and compensation for emotional and physical distress, inconvenience and loss of enjoyment of life.

An employee should talk to a lawyer as soon as the employee suspects that discrimination is taking place. There are time limits for bringing disability discrimination claims if the problem cannot be resolved directly with the employer.