A Sexual Orientation Discrimination Lawyer Dedicated to Fighting for Your Rights
California state law prohibits employers from discriminating against an individual due to his or her sexual orientation. Sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace occurs when an employee is treated differently based on their actual or perceived sexual orientation. If you are experiencing unfair treatment by a co-worker or supervisor, sexual orientation discrimination lawyer Chris Olsen can help. Serving clients in San Diego and Orange County, he understands the sensitive issues that can result from bringing a lawsuit against your employer. He will expertly handle each case with his clients’ best interests in mind to arrive at the best possible outcome. Contact his practice today to receive a free evaluation of your case.
Recognizing Sexual Orientation Discrimination
Unfortunately, there are currently no federal laws prohibiting sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace, except for federal government employees. California workers are extended protection under state laws, which forbid workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Like other forms of prejudice in the workplace, sexual orientation discrimination can often be difficult to identify. Examples include:
- Harassment from co-workers about your sexual orientation
- Negative comments about gay, lesbian, or bisexual individuals
- Being denied advancement based on sexual orientation
- Not receiving a job due to sexual orientation
- Being treated differently by a supervisor or manager after they learn your sexual orientation
- Being asked to not bring a same-sex partner to an event, even though opposite-sex partners are invited to the same event
Co-workers and supervisors may try to conceal their discriminatory practices by providing excuses that disguise their true motives. For example, if you are denied promotion based on your sexual orientation, your employer may say it was based on performance, even though you have received consistently positive reviews. Other times, derogatory comments may be subtly and indirectly made, such as a manager mentioning or implying that a male employee is too effeminate for a particular task or position.
An Attorney Dedicated to Representing Workers’ Rights
If you believe you have received unfair treatment because of your actual or perceived sexual orientation, it is important to consult an experienced sexual orientation discrimination attorney right away. At your initial meeting, attorney Chris Olsen can review your case for free and answer your questions regarding the strength of your legal claim.
Chris Olsen is committed to representing clients aggressively in order to obtain the maximum level of compensation possible. Over his ten years of legal practice, he has been dedicated to representing individuals hurt at the hands of negligent parties. His particular focus has been on class action and employment law claims, including those relating to wage disputes to discriminatory practices. Passionate about serving workers’ legal interests, he has developed a reputation for taking on businesses that treat their workers unfairly and illegally.
Learn More During Your Free Consultation
If you need legal representation for a possible sexual orientation discrimination claim, please contact our practice to schedule your free consultation. Acting as quickly as possible can help ensure that your rights and best interests are well protected.