Despite advancements in the right to gay marriage, we have found sexual orientation to be amongst the most ridiculed protected characteristics in the workplace. Many American and non-American employees are simply not tolerant of their gay co-workers.
We have handled gay harassment cases in employment involving members of the opposite sex who hope to turn a gay person straight. We been involved in numerous employment cases where as soon as management finds out an employee is gay and with a gay partner, everything in the employment relationship goes south. Perhaps more obvious, we have handled multiple gay harassment cases where a gay employee is taunted due to their sexuality. These unkind remarks often involve references to gay sexual practices, or stereotypical characteristics of somebody who is gay.
Discrimination based upon sexual orientation is similar to gay harassment, may be more subtle, but is no less offensive. When gay men are not invited to management retreats due to their sexuality that is discrimination. Likewise, not being invited to important business meetings or lunches because straight co-workers feel uncomfortable is behavior that will cause damage to an employee’s career due to their sexual orientation.
Whether you have been the victim of gay harassment in employment, or you lost your job due to your sexual orientation we may be able to help. Our background in sexual orientation goes back far. Before the Fair Employment and Housing Act covered transgender issues, in the mid-1990s firm founder Karl Gerber succeeded in using alternative theories to sue for gender identification discrimination and job terminations. He is also the author of a satire novel partially aimed at demonstrating gay bashing is nothing but juvenile.