Laws Prohibiting Gender Identity Discrimination
Historic Supreme Ruling extends Title VII federal protections for members of the LGBT community in all 50 states. Watch Video:
Even though there was no federal law explicitly prohibiting sexual orientation or gender identity discrimination until the recent Supreme Court decision that extended the Federal discrimnation laws, New York laws have always been very protective of LGBTQ rights in the workplace. Your lifestyle choice should not lead to discrimination in the workplace, nor should you have to endure overt or subtle forms of hostility as a result of them.
Gender identity discrimination is illegal in New York. Gender identity is an individual’s own sense of their gender or sex, regardless of what sex they were assigned as birth. Gender identity includes male, female, neither, both, or transgender. Gender identity is similar, but different from sexual orientation which is the gender or genders that a person is sexually attracted to. Many employees are subjected to unequal treatment or hostile behavior based on gender identity.
Your Rights in New York City for Gender Identity & Sexual Orientation Discrimination
The New York City Commission on Human Rights has enacted protections relating to gender identity expression in the workplace. This includes mistreating someone based on his or her actual or perceived gender. The NYC Human Rights Law protections includes transgender status, gender identity, and gender-based expression.
The Transgender Rights Bill in New York City was passed to provide protections for transgender individuals against discrimination based on sexual orientation and identity. This includes unfair treatment or harassment based on prejudices against the person’s actual or perceived gender. Examples of illegal gender-based harassment includes refusing to use a person’s preferred name, or not allowing a person to access same-sex bathrooms that conforms to his or her gender identity.
Transgender Woman’s Case in Supreme Court to determine federal protection for transgender discrimination under Title VII
What our previous video about the Transgender Woman’s case when it was in the Supreme Court, which recently decided in a historic case that transgender discrimination is also prohibited in all 50 states.
Contact NY Gender Identity Discrimination Lawyers
At White & Hilferty, our New York City employment discrimination lawyers have provided compassionate representation to victims of gender identity and expression discrimination throughout Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island.