Recently, former track and field Olympian and reality show celebrity came out as transgender to the public at large. A one-on-one interview with Diane Sawyer aired recently on 20/20 and, according to a Huffington Post article, was groundbreaking in the way it covered the topic. Prior news media and journalists have treated the important issue of the transgender experience with less sensitivity. The transgender community is often marginalized or ignored, and continues to seek equality. In fact, according to the Huffington Post, 32 states in the union legally allow a person to be fired for being LGBT. Fortunately, an aggressive transgender discrimination attorney can help ensure your rights are protected if you feel as if you have been discriminated for being transgender.
Lack of Legal Protection
Currently, there is no federal law that reliably protects LGBT individuals from being discriminated against in their place of employment. Twenty-nine states do not have laws that explicitly prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. Likewise, 32 states do not have laws that prohibit discrimination based on gender identity. Consequently, LGBT individuals may face discrimination such as being fired, experiencing harassment on the job or being denied a promotion.
Some of the issues that may be faced at the workplace include, but are not limited to:
· Discrimination based on gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation;
· Retaliation for asserting protected LGBT rights;
· FMLA or other leave of absence discrimination; and
· HIV/AIDs status discrimination.
There is hope, however, for LGBT individuals. Eighteen states, in addition to D.C., prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender for all residents. These laws include state employees. Three more states ban discrimination against lesbian, gay and bisexual employees. Unfortunately, the law in these states does not go so far as to prohibit discrimination against transgender and non-conforming employees. Moreover, eight states protect state employees – but exclude transgender workers.
Discrimination Lawyers in New York
The lawyers at Levine & Blit, PLLC understand that an individual’s LGBT identity – whether it be perceived by others or self-identified – affects all aspects of the employment relationship. This can be in obvious or subtle ways. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against in the workplace as an LGBT individual, contact the skilled discrimination lawyers in New York right away to protect the workplace rights to which you are entitled. Don’t allow yourself to be intimidated. Aggressive discrimination lawyers in New York can help you lead the productive working life you deserve. Let the legal professionals at Levine & Blit, PLLC fight for your rights. Call our New York City office at (646) 461-6838.