In addition to traditional labor work, I have extensive experience in all aspects of employment litigation, including trial work, in cases arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1991, the Equal Pay Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the WARN Act and other federal and state laws regulating the workplace. I also have extensive experience defending clients against breach of contract claims, wrongful discharge claims, and the ever-growing list of employment tort claims.
It is illegal in California for an employer to discriminate against an employee based on the employee's sexual orientation. This law protects individuals who identify themselves as heterosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or transsexual. It’s also important to note that an an employer may not discriminate against an employee based on a perception of the employee's sexual orientation. That is, if an employer discriminates against you because he or she thinks you’re gay, even if you’re not, it is a violation of the law.
Like other areas of illegal workplace behavior, discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation come in many forms. Being called names, being confronted with offensive cartoons, finding yourself excluded from meetings and function, and losing your job are situations you might find yourself in if you work for a discriminatory employer. If you believe you’ve been harassed or discriminated against based on your sexual orientation, please call me. I can help you determine if you are eligible to recover lost wages and other benefits, damages for emotional distress and punitive damages. I can help you find a just solution to this distressful situation.