Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Murtha Cullina LLP represents employees who have been discriminated against on the basis of sexual orientation.

Although federal law does not prohibit sexual orientation discrimination, the New York State Human Rights Law and New York City Human Rights Law protect individuals from being discriminated against on the basis of their "actual or perceived" sexual orientation. The New York State and City laws prohibit discrimination based upon "heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality and asexuality." Even an adverse decision that his based upon a mistaken belief concerning an individual's sexual orientation is prohibited by law.

We are committed to enforcing the rights of employees who have been subjected to discriminatory decisions concerning employment, including those decisions based upon the actual or perceived sexual orientation of an individual

We vigorously litigate claims in which an employer attempts to retaliate against an individual for exercising rights under the anti-discrimination laws. Indeed, it is unlawful to retaliate against an individual for opposing employment practices that the individual in good faith believes are discriminatory on the basis of sexual orientation. In addition, an employer may not retaliate against an individual for filing a discrimination complaint, testifying, or participating in any way in an investigation, proceeding, or litigation involving sexual orientation discrimination.

For more information regarding sexual orientation discrimination, please visit our Articles & FAQs page. If you would like to consult with us or have questions concerning your particular situation, please contact us.