Discrimination & Harassment


The attorneys at Outten & Golden have extensive experience representing individuals who have been discriminated against or harassed because of their actual or perceived sexual orientationgender identity/gender expressiontransgender or queer identity.

Individuals who are, or are perceived as, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ) may be targets of discrimination and harassment in the workplace because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation. Presently, twenty-one states and the District of Columbia have explicitly prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The attorneys at Outten & Golden understand that whether individuals are, or are perceived as, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer is not relevant to their ability to do a job and should not be relevant to employers’ decisions about them.  We zealously protect people’s right to be free from this kind of discrimination.

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Deutsche Bank Increases Family Planning Benefits

Deutsche Bank

Today, Deutsche Bank announced major changes to its family planning benefits for employees, namely increasing its surrogacy benefit from $10,000 to a life-time maximum of $50,000 per employee. The increased surrogacy benefit is critical for some LGBTQI employees who currently may not be able to take advantage of other family planning benefits covered by Deutsche Bank’s health insurance plan, such as in vitro fertilization (IVF).

With Kennedy’s Retirement, LGBT Workplace Protections Face Uncertain Future

Law.com Newsletter—Erin Mulvaney

[Newsletter excerpt] During Justice Anthony Kennedy’s three decades on the bench, he authored important and controversial decisions, including significant rulings supporting LGBT rights. Kennedy’s retirement comes at a particularly dynamic moment for these issues.

Federal appeals courts are divided over the scope of federal civil rights laws as they apply to LGBT workplace protections. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and gay rights advocates have pushed a broad interpretation of federal civil rights laws that includes “sexual orientation” as a form sex...