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Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Wigdor has successfully represented employees at all levels of employment across all industries in sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination claims, fighting tenaciously on their behalf to obtain their best outcomes.

Although discrimination against LGBTQIA+ employees has been unlawful in New York for decades, LGBTQIA+ employees have been protected against workplace discrimination under federal law only since 2020. Our law firm has been a long-time leader in promoting workplace equality for employees who have been discriminated against on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Wigdor is proud to have partnered and worked closely with several LGBTQIA+ organizations who fought tirelessly for this workplace safeguard for decades.

Sexual orientation or gender identity discrimination can be harassment and other unequal employment treatment such as denial of a promotion, dissimilar pay or wrongful termination. It can also include discrimination based on gender stereotyping. 

Indeed, courts have held that an LGBTQIA+ employee who is harassed or discriminated against for failing to conform to sexual identity or gender “norms” may obtain relief under various anti-discrimination laws. The law also protects against same-sex sexual harassment if it is shown to be based upon an employee’s sex.

The forms and types of evidence showing sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination can often be subtle. Our attorneys will spend the time necessary to thoroughly investigate the facts of your situation to determine whether we can help you pursue legal action.

Consult an attorney if you believe you may have been the victim of sexual orientation or gender identity discrimination in the workplace. An experienced sexual orientation discrimination lawyer can help you understand your rights and options.

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