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).

Supreme Court to Weigh In on Workplace, Civil Rights Disputes

Bloomberg Law - Erin Mulvaney

The U.S. Supreme Court will confront key questions for employers as it begins its new term. Cases on tap involve LGBT rights in the workplace, the contours of age discrimination and other civil rights laws, and immigration disputes involving as many as 800,000 undocumented workers.

The Justice Department will play a role in many of these cases, testing the majority conservative court on several social issues, as well as stances that pit workers’ rights versus business interests.

LGBT rights in the workplace will take center stage in oral arguments scheduled for the opening...

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.