Los Angeles Employment Attorney
LGBT stands for "lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender" rights.
In recent news, a transgender woman is contending that she was denied
access to the women's locker room, even after showing the club manager
her California driver's license which lists her as a female and a
note from her doctor saying she had undergone clinical and surgical treatment
and is "physically, legally and mentally a woman."
Not only do California customers face this discrimination, California employees
can as well. But in California, our state does not tolerate the persecution
of anyone based on sexual orientation or gender identity in employment.
One transgender woman tells the story of losing her job with the Georgia
General Assembly after her boss discovered she was transgender:
"[My boss] told me I would make other people uncomfortable…he
told me that my transition was unacceptable. And over and over, he told
me it was inappropriate. Then he fired me…I was devastated."
Another woman shares, "I didn't lose my job because I was lazy,
incompetent, or unprofessional. Quite the contrary, I worked hard and
did my job very well. However that was all discarded when my boss discovered
I am a lesbian."
No matter an employer's personal stance on LGBT rights, he/she cannot
discriminate against an employee or prospective employee on the basis
of same-sex relationships or gender reassignment. Discriminated parties
- Lesbian women
- Gay males
- Bisexual women and men
- Transgender women and men
If you have been treated unfairly by a prospective, current or past employer
because of your gender identity or sexual preference, you should speak
with an attorney immediately. We are devoted to equality and represent
the laws that protect you!
Passing of ENDA and What That Means for You
According to studies, anywhere from 15 to 43% of gay people have experienced
some form of discrimination or harassment in the workplace. And 90% of
transgender workers report some form of harassment or mistreatment on
the job. According to statistics:
- Eight to 17% of gay and transgender workers report being passed over for
a job or fired because of their sexual orientation/gender identity
- Ten to 28% received a negative performance evaluation or were passed over
for a promotion because of their sexual orientation/gender identity
- Seven to 41% were verbally or physically abused or had their workplace
vandalized because of their sexual orientation/gender identity
- Twelve to 30% of straight workers admitted to witnessing discrimination
in the workforce based on sexual orientation
- Controlled experiments found that when two sets of matching resumes were
sent to major employers and one indicates the applicant is gay, the employer
would receive the gay resumes far less often than the straight resumes
- Gay men earn 10 to 32% less than similarly qualified heterosexual males
The United States passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) which
could help end employment discrimination against the LGBT community. ENDA
extends the same protections provided to those of different race, religion,
gender, national origin, age and disability to the LGBT community. It
prohibits employers, agencies and labor unions from basing their employment
decisions (or hiring, firing, promoting and compensating) on the basis
of sexual orientation/gender identity.
It prohibits employers from treating an employee differently as a result
of that employee's sexual orientation or gender identity. It supplies
similar remedies as permitted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. This law extends from
local and state governments all the way to Congress and Federal government.
ENDNA does not apply to the following, however:
- Small businesses with fewer than 15 employees
- Any religious entity
If you were discriminated against, we can fight for justice and compensation!
We are committed to advancing the cause of civil liberties in the community
and hold employers who discriminate accountable for their behavior. If
you believe you were overlooked for a promotion, deprived benefits or
fired because of your sexual orientation/gender identity, you should not
delay in contacting our team at Martinian & Associates INC. today!
LGBT Rights discrimination needs to be stopped in its tracks in the workplace
and we can help you fight for the settlement you deserve! Over the years,
our team has
handled hundreds of jury trials and has
recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements. We work on a
contingency fee basis, which means that unless your case is successful, you don't have to
pay us a dime! We are proud to provide prospective clients with a
free case evaluation;
contact our firm today!