When most people think of discrimination occurring in the workplace, they probably think of discrimination based on race, gender or disability. Some people may not realize that workers in Minnesota may also face discrimination based on their sexual orientation.
While LGBT rights have come a long way in recent years, there is still work to be done. Discrimination based on sexual orientation can be more discrete than other forms of discrimination. Since there sometimes aren't any outward signs of a person's sexual orientation, like there is with race or gender, there may only be a few people in the workplace who are aware of the fact that a person is gay. But, if those people are in management positions, they may use that knowledge to engage in discriminatory conduct.
Fortunately, workers who experience this type of discrimination may have legal options. Discrimination based on sexual orientation could be more than just verbal barbs or inappropriate language. This type of discrimination could turn into sexual harassment. No matter the situation, workers need to hold their employers accountable.
At our law firm, we do our best to help workers in Minnesota who are facing employment discrimination of any kind, including discrimination based on sexual orientation. Some of these cases settle out of court, while others will go all the way to a jury trial. We work to help our clients resolve their own unique situations. For more information, please visit the sexual orientation harassment and discrimination section of our law firm's website. No one deserves to be discriminated against in the workplace, but if it happens, it's important to understand your rights.