In June, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage across the country, following a decade of reforms that have granted more rights to LGBT individuals. However, the federal government has yet to change Title VII discrimination laws to protect LGBT employees. In lieu of federal actions, individual states and cities, including Philadelphia, have taken it upon themselves to protect LGBT workers from employment discrimination based on their gender identity and/or sexual orientation.
Philadelphia Anti-Discrimination Ordinance
Philadelphia law states that “all people are entitled to the full and equal employment opportunities without discrimination or segregation because of age, ancestry, color, disability, domestic or sexual violence victim status, ethnicity, familial status, or gender identity.” Overt discrimination, such as denial of employment, is prohibited, as are more subtle forms of discrimination such as requiring different standards for LGBT employees. Additionally, the law applies to all employers, whether they be past employers, current employers or potential employers. Employment agencies and labor unions in Philadelphia must also provide every individual with “fair and equal treatment” under the law.
Philadelphia Discrimination Lawyers at Sidkoff, Pincus & Green Represent Victims of Employment Discrimination
Individuals who believe that they have experienced employment discrimination due to gender identity or sexual orientation should consult with a Philadelphia discrimination lawyer to discuss their litigation options. A skilled discrimination lawyer can help victims understand the law and can manage their claim with the goals of facilitating justice and achieving a positive resolution. Because many laws are still changing, individuals who were discriminated against in the past may now be able to sue their former employers under current anti-discrimination laws.
At Sidkoff, Pincus & Green, our lawyers will fight hard to protect your right to fair employment opportunities. Please call 215-574-0600 or contact us online today to schedule your consultation and discuss your claim.