Last week, this blog discussed the story of a Minnesota man who won a sexual orientation discrimination lawsuit. His win was significant in part because of the large payout he received. His case gives hope to others who may feel they are being discriminated against at work due to their sexual orientation. However, let's take a step back and explore what sexual orientation discrimination is in the context of employment discrimination.
Sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace involves being harassed or otherwise treated differently at work based on the individual's orientation as gay, lesbian or bi-sexual. It can also occur to heterosexual individuals or even based on someone's perception of another's sexual orientation.