California LGBT Discrimination Lawyers
Discrimination against individuals can take many forms, and in many situations and places including the workplace, housing, public accommodations and various other life situations. Specific examples of the various aspects in which discrimination can occur include:
- Hiring policy
- Promotion policy
- Harassment, including sexual harassment
- Equal compensation
- Public accommodation
- Service at retailers
- Access to medical care
- Lending and credit
- And others
The many forms that harassment can take include discrimination due to:
- Marital status
- National origin
- Genetic information
- Physical disability
- Mental disability
- Sexual orientation
- Gender identification
- Gender expression
- And other protected characteristics
Fortunately, the State of California has passed some of the toughest anti-discrimination legislation in the United States, including progressive protections for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and inter-gender communities.
LGBT Californians are specifically protected from discrimination in finding employment and housing, accessing government services and participating in state-funded activities. California’s hate crime laws also afford protection for the state’s LGBT communities.
And yet, merely having laws in place to protect people from discrimination doesn’t eliminate the occurrence of these incidents. Some discrimination happens because people are truly intolerant and biased against a certain group of people. Other cases occur because people are not educated about what is and isn’t legal. And, because anti-discrimination laws are not consistent from state to state and the federal government, it can be difficult to sort out the specifics regarding what exactly is and isn’t discrimination.
When discrimination occurs in any form, it affects the individual and the health of society as a whole. An individual will lose opportunities and choices they are entitled to, such as job employment, raises, promotions, housing, access to health care, loans, services and even basic rights. Discrimination can affect a person’s self-confidence, self-image and mental health. American society loses the promise of equality on which our nation was founded. As Will Rogers famously said,
“We will never have true civilization until we have learned to recognize the rights of others.”
If you or someone you know has been affected by what may have been some form of discrimination, either in the workplace, at a store, when attempting to secure housing, or when applying for some type of service or loan, you have rights that can be protected. Retaining the services of qualified Los Angeles LGBT discrimination lawyers will help you in safeguarding your rights. You may be entitled to some form of compensation depending on the circumstances of your case.
Find a California Discrimination Lawyer for the Gay Community
At Pride Legal, we are confident that one of the highly skilled lawyers in our network can be especially helpful for members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or inter-gender communities, as well as the community at large. Our member attorneys provide services to clients throughout Southern California, including Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange Counties. We will find the right discrimination lawyers for your particular case. In fact, Pride Legal can provide you with access to the attorney you need for any legal issue.
Are you the victim of discrimination? If so, you need to contact a California LGBT Discrimination Attorney today!
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