Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Title VII Sexual Orientation Discrimination

The recent historic Supreme Court Rulings have finally extended Title VII to now protect individuals against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace in all 50 states.

New York law prohibits employers from discriminating on the basis of an individual’s sexual orientation. Sexual orientation discrimination takes place when an employee is mistreated because of his or her actual or perceived sexual orientation. You employer’s perception of your sexual orientation, whether it is right or wrong, is irrelevant.  All that matters is if your employer is treating you differently, even if it is based on an incorrect belief about your sexual orientation.

It is your right to feel accepted and secure in your office environment, and it is our job to ensure that you are protected in your job and not having to fear retaliation if you choose to report any mistreatment. The New York sexual orientation discrimination lawyers at Hilferty are dedicated to protecting your right to sexual orientation whether it is homosexual, bisexual, or heterosexual.


Your lifestyle choices 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.  This includes being subjected to outright hostile actions from colleagues and supervisors, such as homophobic or transphobic remarks against you or your partner.

If you have experienced any of the above or feel you are being mistreated based on your actual or perceived sexual orientation, it is time to speak with a sexual orientation discrimination attorney who can help advise you of your rights, and explain the next steps to help protect you against further sexual orientation discrimination.

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The employment attorneys are White & Hilferty are aware the many ways in which this discrimination can negatively impact the the professional life of a member of these communities.   Give us a call if you are being denied opportunities to advance in your career in favor of colleagues you know to be straight, or you may have had disciplinary measures taken against you for trivial reasons when you suspect it stems from disapproval of your lifestyle.

To discuss a possible sexual orientation discrimination claim with an experienced employment attorney, please feel free to contact White & Hilferty. Schedule your free, confidential consultation by calling 646-698-8990 or Contact Us online.