Fighting against LGBTQIA+ discrimination

California has implemented comprehensive laws to protect LGBTQIA+ individuals in the workplace. The primary safeguard is the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), which strictly prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. Under this law, employers are prohibited from engaging in discriminatory practices such as refusing to hire, terminating, or otherwise mistreating employees based on their LGBTQIA+ status.

To ensure inclusivity, the FEHA also mandates that employers provide reasonable accommodations for transgender and gender nonconforming employees. This includes granting access to appropriate restroom facilities and allowing employees to dress and groom themselves according to their gender identity. Employers are further required to establish and disseminate policies that explicitly prohibit harassment and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. It also protects the use of preferred names and pronouns. 

Moreover, California law prohibits employers from using an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity as a basis for differential treatment in employee benefits, such as health insurance coverage. This ensures that LGBTQIA+ employees receive equal access to healthcare and other benefits.

In addition to the FEHA, California has taken additional measures to safeguard LGBTQIA+ individuals in the workplace. These include the Gender Nondiscrimination in the Workplace Act, which prohibits employers from discriminating against employees based on their gender identity or gender expression. Furthermore, the state’s laws recognize same-sex marriages and provide legal protection against employment discrimination on the basis of marital status.

Our experienced attorneys are prepared to vigorously represent and advocate for employees who have faced discrimination, harassment, or bias based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

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