Gender and Sexual Orientation Discrimination

The Fair Employment and Housing Act, codified in the California Government Code, has made it illegal for an employer to discriminate against a person because of their gender or sexual orientation. 

Discrimination can occur through harassment that is severe and pervasive and makes it difficult for you to do your job, or through adverse employment actions such as demotions, pay cuts, role changes, or termination.  

Employers should work to ensure that all persons, regardless of gender or sexual orientation, feel welcome and included at work.  However, sometimes employers fall short or engage in illegal discrimination, which can cause mental and emotional damages to the employee, in addition to economic damages such as lost wages.  In these cases, it may be possible to pursue a case against your employer.  KTL’s attorneys and staff are ready to help.