Sexual Orientation / LGBT Discrimination
If you have to put up with sexual jokes, comments about your anatomy, sexual advances, catcalls, sexually offensive advances, contact or intrusions, whether it adversely affects your job or not, this may amount to sexual harassment.
LGBT discrimination is when a person is being treated unfairly and/or harassed in the workplace because of their sexual orientation. This type of discrimination may be illegal, depending on where you work.
While there is currently no federal law that specifically outlaws sexual orientation discrimination in private industry, Massachusetts has laws that currently prohibit sexual orientation discrimination in both public and private jobs. Massachusetts state law protects employees in the private sector and state and local government from:
- Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation
- Discrimination on the basis of gender identity
In a sexual harassment case, you may be able to recover back pay, future damages, interest, damages resulting from emotional distress, punitive damages, and your legal costs.