We’ve found that many people facing discrimination in the workplace read about and research their rights before determining if they want to speak with an attorney. In addition to the Schaefer Halleen website, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) is a good resource for this type of groundwork. The EEOC is a federal agency that administers and enforces civil rights laws and guidelines against workplace discrimination. In addition to investigating charges of discrimination against employers, the EEOC issues non-discrimination guidelines for employers and provides educational materials regarding civil rights laws.
Educating Employers and Employees about Non-Discrimination Rights
Recently, the EEOC released new resources about sexual orientation and gender identity workplace rights. The resources are intended to educate employees, job applicants, and employers about the non-discrimination rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender workers. The EEOC released the resources in observance of the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s groundbreaking ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia that federal law protects LGBTQ employees from employment discrimination and harassment.
The new resources include a summary of rights and law regarding sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination; a technical assistance document to help the public with practical applications of these rights and law, and explanations of recent legal cases in which LGBTQ workers have successfully prosecuted discrimination claims against their employers.
Addressing Discrimination Against You
If you believe you have been subjected to sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination in the workplace, the EEOC materials are a good place to learn about the law and your options. However, no resource will be better than speaking with an experienced employment attorney. Contact Schaefer Halleen’s workplace discrimination attorneys to defend your rights.