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Sexual Orientation Discrimination and Harassment at Work

| Mar 1, 2021 | Sexual Harassment |

In June 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States affirmed that LGBTQ workers are protected from discrimination under the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Currently, 22 states (Nevada included) and the District of Columbia, as well as several hundred municipalities also have laws that prohibit sexual orientation discrimination.

Nevada state law protects individuals against employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, which is defined as having an orientation to heterosexuality, homosexuality, or bisexuality.
Applies to employers with 15 or more employees, including state and local governments, to employment and temporary staffing agencies, and to labor organizations.

The law prohibits to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of his/her sexual orientation regarding to:

  • • Hiring
  • termination
  • promotion
  • compensation
  • job training
  • or any other term, condition, or privilege of employment

Slurs, jokes, offensive or derogatory comments, or other verbal or physical conduct based on an individual’s sexual orientation constitute unlawful harassment if the conduct creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment, or interferes with the individual’s work performance.

If you believe you have been discriminated against because sexual orientation discrimination, you should consult with an attorney. We are strong advocates for workers’ rights and can provide fierce representation in employment law matters. Call us now at 702.333.4223 to arrange a consultation.

Sources:
https://www.eeoc.gov/statistics/sex-based-charges-charges-filed-eeoc-fy-1997-fy-2019https://www.hrc.org/resources/state-scorecards/nevada
https://www.workplacefairness.org/sexual-orientation-discrimination
https://www.hrc.org/resources/workplace-discrimination-policies-laws-and-legislation
https://cms.detr.nv.gov/Content/Media/Facts_About_Sexual_Orientation_Discrimination.pdf

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