LGBTQ+ Discrimination Attorneys in Rockford, IL
Fighting to Protect the Rights of Employees of All Genders and Sexual Orientations
With the June 15, 2020 landmark ruling from the Supreme Court, employers who discriminate against employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identification will be in violation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. This means an employer can no longer fire, discriminate, or retaliate against you because you are transgender, gay, lesbian, bisexual, or any other sexual orientation.
We at USA Employment Lawyers fight for all employees who are victims of unlawful discrimination in the workplace. Our LGBTQ+ employment discrimination lawyers represent clients throughout the state of Florida, as well as those in Illinois, Colorado, New Mexico & New York. If you are facing sexual harassment or discrimination you in your workplace which you believe to be the result of your sexual orientation or gender identity, we may be able to help.
Understanding How the Supreme Court Decision Impacts Workplace Discrimination
The 2020 Supreme Court ruling declared that gender identity and sexual orientation are included under the “basis of sex” protection in the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Under Title VII of this legislation, an employer is not allowed to discriminate against anyone on the basis of age, race, religion, national origin, or sex.
This means that if you express to your employer that you are LGBTQ+, or are transgender, your employer may not refuse to promote you, harass you, fire you or retaliate against you for speaking up for your rights. They also cannot treat you so poorly that you are forced to quit. You must be treated the same as all other employees.
Title VII protections from the Civil Rights Act also extend to workplace sexual harassment, regardless of your orientation or identity. Unwanted sexual advances, touching, comments, or actions may constitute sexual harassment and contribute to a hostile work environment.
Forms of Workplace Discrimination
The federal law does not specifically protect LGBTQ+ employees from workplace discrimination based solely on their gender identification. Florida is one of the states that does not offer these protections. Workplace discrimination based on gender identity can take on a variety of forms, some of which include:
- Denying Promotions
- Not Hiring
- Verbal, Physical, and Sexual Harassment
- Unsafe/Inaccessible Bathrooms
We understand LGBTQ+ rights at USA Employment Lawyers. Our Rockford, IL LGBTQ attorney is here to make sure you are represented and heard. Call us today for a case evaluation.
How the Law Affects At-Will Employment
Florida, Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico & New York are employment-at-will states. This means an employer can terminate an employee at any time, without any reason or cause, with very limited exceptions.
Many employers attempt to use their state’s at-will law to shield themselves from wrongful termination lawsuits. However, at-will employment does not protect employers from legal action resulting from unlawful terminations related to discriminatory practices and/or retaliation. Retaining the services of an experienced LGBTQ+ employment discrimination attorney can help you advocate for your rights.
How We Can Help You
Our legal team at USA Employment Lawyers helps employees deal with all sorts of employment law issues, including retaliation, whistleblower claims, sexual harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination, wage theft, and more. We are committed to zealously fighting for your rights and providing the individualized legal services you deserve.
Everyone deserves justice, and our LGBTQ+ employment discrimination attorneys are prepared to help you fight for your rights.