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Discrimination based on sexual orientation can be both visible but also subtle. In this case, discrimination can be seen through adverse employment actions or though creating a hostile work environment. 

In California, the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) protects employees by prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. As a result, it is also illegal to make assumptions about an employee’s sexual orientations and making decisions off those assumptions. 

Examples of Discrimination:

  • Firing or demoting an employee

  • Refusing to promote an individual due to their sexual orientation

  • Verbal and/or physical intimidation

  • Offensive jokes

  • Reducing benefits 

  • Paying employees less than other due to sexual orientation

  • Retaliation for asserting rights

  • Comments about an individual’s marital status

If you believe that you are being discriminated against at the workplace, contact the attorneys of Lepera + Associates, PC. They can help you bring a claim against the discriminating party and help you stand up for your rights.

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