LGBTQ Discrimination


Historic Supreme Ruling extends Title VII federal protections against Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity discrimination in the workplace.  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.


Under the New York City Human Rights Law, employers are required to use each employee’s preferred name and pronoun, and must accommodate each employee’s gender identity and expression.  Employees are entitled to use any preferred restroom consistent with their gender beliefs.

The New York Federal Court of Appeals held that Title VII protects against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender stereotypes.  The Supreme Court is currently deciding the whether transgender rights are protected under federal statute.

Under the New York State Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act(“SONDA”), sex discrimination has been interpreted to protect any discrimination based on actual or perceived sexual orientation.  The law was amended in 2019 to explicitly prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and gender expression.


Our Employment Attorneys at White & Hilferty represent many individuals who have experienced workplace discrimination or harassment due to their LGBTQ identity.  If you feel that you may have a claim for LGBTQ discrimination, the best thing you can do is call an employment attorney to learn about your rights.  We would be thrilled to speak with you.

Speak to the right Employment Attorney who is experienced and knowledgeable about the complex laws involving the members of the LGBTQ community and their rights in the workplace.   If you believe you have been the victim of sexual orientation or gender identity discrimination in New York, call a LGBTQ attorney at 646-698-8990 or Contact Us online to schedule your consultation.