Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation discrimination occurs when an employee is treated differently because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. An employer may not legally discriminate against their employees on these bases with regard to their position, title, pay, schedule, leave, promotion, and employment status. Our firm is dedicated to advocating for the rights of these individuals.
The Massachusetts anti-discrimination law protects employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The latter category was added to state law in 2012 as a result of major lobbying efforts which led to the passage of the Massachusetts Transgender Equal Rights Act. Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 has also been found to protect employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity because these have been interpreted as forms of sex discrimination.
If you believe that you have been a victim of discrimination because of your gender identity or sexual orientation, you should know that the deadlines for acting under the above laws can be very short. We can help you determine whether or not your employer’s actions constitute unlawful discrimination, and assist you in moving forward. Contact us today to arrange a consultation.