Sexual Orientation Discrimination

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.  The New York sexual orientation discrimination lawyers at White, Hilferty & Albanese 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.  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 sexual orientation.


While there are not current laws on the federal level that protect employees against sexual orientation discrimination (except for federal government employees), New York state law does protect private sector employees from discrimination on the basis of discrimination. Many times sexual orientation discrimination overlaps with sex/gender discrimination, which is protected on the federal level.  For a discussion about Gender Identity Discrimination, read more here.

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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  we can help.  We can help advise you of your rights, and explain the next steps to help protect you against further sexual orientation discrimination.

The employment attorneys are White, Hilferty & Albanese are aware the many ways in which this discrimination can negatively impact the the professional life of a member of these communities.   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 & Albanese.   You may schedule your free, confidential consultation by calling (646) 698-8990 or Contact Us online.