Discrimination & Harassment

LGBTQ

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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Outten & Golden LLP Teams Up with Jillian T. Weiss to Collaborate on Prosecuting LGBTQ Workplace Discrimination Cases

Outten & Golden LLP

National employment law firm Outten & Golden LLP is joining forces with distinguished LGBTQ rights Jillian T. Weiss to assist workers who face discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. Weiss will serve as Special Co-Counsel to Outten & Golden's LGBTQ Practice Group working on select cutting edge litigation.
"We are excited to collaborate with Jillian Weiss, combining our longstanding employment law achievements with Jillian's esteemed track record of prominent cases on behalf of LGBTQ workers," said Adam T. Klein, Managing Partner. "Through this...

A Supreme Court Remade By Trump To Decide Crucial Gay Rights Case

Huffington Post - Emily Peck

A Supreme Court remade by Donald Trump said on Monday that it would hear a major LGBTQ rights case, giving the White House a possible assist in its ongoing assault on gay and transgender rights.

The court said it would consider three cases that look at whether Title VII, the federal civil rights law that prohibits workplace discrimination, applies to LGBTQ workers.

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 discrimination. Trump’s...