Sexual Orientation Discrimination

While federal law does not prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, such discrimination is prohibited under the New York State Human Rights Law and the New York City Human Rights Law.

We represent workers who have been subject to discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, which includes discrimination on the basis of heterosexuality, homosexuality, or bisexuality.

Such discrimination can take many forms, including:

  • Making explicit negative remarks regarding one’s sexual orientation or gays and/or lesbians generally;
  • Making offensive jokes, comments, and slurs;
  • Sending offensive emails or leaving offensive pictures on one’s desk; or
  • Being assigned less desirable tasks or being paid less because of one’s sexual orientation.

Discrimination and retaliation are often not explicit, however, and seemingly innocuous conduct may hide an underlying discriminatory purpose.

If you believe that you have been treated unfairly or subject to one or more adverse employment actions because of your sexual orientation, contact the New York City employment discrimination law firm of Pospis Law, PLLC for a free consultation.


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