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LGBTQ Rights

In 2020, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects gay, lesbian, and transgender employees from discrimination based on sex. The ruling was a massive victory for the LGBTQ community. Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote the opinion of the Court. Commenting, Gorsuch said: “we must decide whether an employer can fire someone for simply being homosexual or transgender. The answer is clear.” NO!  

Until the Supreme Court’s ruling, gay and transgender workers in Hickory were forced to live in fear of termination. “Sexual orientation” was not included as a specific protected class in the discrimination laws. The simple act of putting a same-sex spouses’ picture on a worker’s desk or joining a gay recreational softball league could trigger a termination- and a termination that could not be challenged in Court. In its ruling, the Supreme Court clarified that terminating someone for being homosexual or transgender is “sex” discrimination. Prior to the verdict, over half the states had no state law protecting the LGBTQ community. Now, a federal law applicable throughout the United States is in place to protect employees from firing or other adverse employment decisions made based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.  

Discrimination against LGBTQ workers is a huge problem in the United States. A 2014 report from the Movement Advancement Project and the Center for American Progress estimated that between 8 and 17 percent of lesbian, gay, and bisexual workers are denied jobs or wrongfully fired based on their sexual orientation- the numbers increased to 13 to 47 percent for transgender workers. 


DISCRIMINATORY TREATMENT: If you were not hired, promoted, or were fired because you are a member of the LGBTQ community or if you feel your boss mistreats you or you are paid less because you are a member of the LGBTQ community.

HARASSMENT: If your coworkers or boss make negative comments about you or your mannerisms, dress, or lifestyle, or make crude jokes or derogatory comments about you that create a hostile work environment. 

If you or a family member have been the victim of discriminatory treatment or harassment, our employment lawyers in Hickory, North Carolina with the Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor are available to help you.

It is important to remember that under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, you must file a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission within 180 days of the discriminatory act before you can pursue a claim in Court. The lawyers in Hickory, North Carolina, with the Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor, can help you draft your Charge, and there is no fee for the drafting of the Charge.    

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