Washington DC LGBTQ Discrimination Lawyer
An individual’s race, religion, and sexual orientation should never interfere with their work. The law in Washington DC recognizes this and as such, prohibits employers from discriminating against employees. When an employer does discriminate against an LGBTQ employee, they could be held liable in court. Those who believe they have been discriminated against may file a claim and seek compensation for any losses they incurred as a result of the discrimination.
These claims are not always easy to file so it is best to seek help from a Washington DC LGBTQ discrimination lawyer. They could handle the challenging legal aspects of your case on your behalf. Speak to our knowledgeable workplace discrimination attorneys at the Spiggle Law Firm to learn about your legal options.
The Washington DC Human Rights Act
The Washington DC Human Rights Act (DCHRA) was enacted in 1977. In 2006, it was amended to include discrimination against the LGBTQ community. Under this piece of legislation, employers are prohibited from:
- Refusing to hire or promote anyone based on their LGBTQ status
- Fire anyone based on their status
- Segregating, classifying, or providing different compensation to an employee or employees based on their status
- Treating those in the LGBTQ community disparagingly
- Engaging in physical or verbal harassment of LGBTQ workers
- Creating a hostile work environment
- Failing to make reasonable accommodations for LGBTQ employees
- Asking potential employment candidates about their status
By law, employers are required to allow those in the LGBTQ community access to whatever restroom corresponds to their gender identity or expression. Employers are also required to label single-occupancy restrooms with a gender-neutral sign. Employers can also not require employees to dress in a manner that conflicts with their gender identity.
While employers can impose dress codes, they cannot discriminate or have a discriminatory impact on a person’s gender identity or expression.
Identifying LGBTQ Discrimination
It is sometimes difficult to determine if an employer is discriminating against someone based on their LGBTQ status. Workers often think the employer just does not like them personally, or that they act sullenly to all their staff. Due to this, unfortunately, many employees that have been discriminated against do not take action. Specific actions by employers though can point to discrimination, including:
- Deliberately calling someone by their birth name instead of the one they now identify with
- Asking questions about an employee’s body, gender identity, or transition
- Telling others that the employee is transgender
- Sending or posting offensive communication, electronically or otherwise
When any of these situations create an abusive environment or alters the conditions of the victim’s employment, they may have a valid LGBTQ discrimination claim. It is best to speak to an LGBTQ discrimination lawyer in Washington DC to determine whether your employer has discriminated against you.
Speak to a Washington DC LGBTQ Discrimination Attorney Today
If you think you have been discriminated against in the workplace due to your LGBTQ status, you can take action and hold your employer responsible. You can file a discrimination complaint with the DC Office of Human Rights. You may also have grounds to file a lawsuit directly against your employer. However, you should not do it alone. These claims quickly become complex, and one small misstep could hurt your claim.
Instead, contact a Washington DC LGBTQ discrimination lawyer who can help you seek justice. We will work hard to help protect your rights and we will fight to ensure they are upheld every step of the way. To find out how much your case may be worth, click here for a free online case review. Call the Spiggle Law Firm today to schedule a consultation.