Transgender Discrimination and Harassment
Transgender men and women face some of the most daunting challenges in the workplace—largely because many of the rules protecting transgender individuals are still being formed. Many lawyers do not handle cases involving transgender issues, but at Ricotta & Marks, P.C., we do.
Though transgender discrimination is an evolving area of the law, it does not mean that you as a transgender individual do not have rights. You do. Our lawyers are dedicated to enforcing them.
At Ricotta & Marks, P.C., our Queens transgender discrimination attorneys are committed to advocating for fairness in the workplace—for everyone. You should not be treated differently because of your gender identity. If you faced employment discrimination based on actual or perceived transgender status, we can help. Call our law firm today to set up a strictly confidential consultation with an experienced workplace discrimination lawyer.
Transgender Discrimination: Know Your Rights Under the Law
For too many years, transgender and gender nonconforming people lived outside of the protection of workplace discrimination laws. Thankfully, things are changing for the better and our laws (and our courts) are recognizing basic humans rights, with the Supreme Court just recently holding that federal anti-discrimination laws cover members of the LGBTQ community. That being said, workplace discrimination still remains a very serious problem.
Transgender individuals often face the same forms of harassment and discrimination that cisgendered people face, including sexual harassment, sexual orientation discrimination, gender stereotyping and gender discrimination. Of course, transgender and gender non-binary people also face some unique challenges in the workplace. Other issues that transgender workers might encounter include:
- Unfair workloads
- Bad performance reviews that are unwarranted
- Dress code issues
- Restroom issues
- Physical requirements, particularly for police officers and fire fighters
As of June 2020, you are protected against transgender discrimination under both state and federal regulations. You may also be protected under local laws. To start, New York’s Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act (SONDA) and the state’s human rights code collectively prohibit discrimination based on gender identity.
Additionally, in June of 2020 (Bostock v. Clayton County), the Supreme Court of the United States clarified that transgender discrimination is inherently a form of sex-based discrimination—meaning it is barred by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Finally, municipalities, including New York City, provide additional, stronger protections to transgender people.
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Sometimes these “Jekyll and Hyde” switches occur because a superior learned something about a subordinate that then caused him or her to have a negative bias, like the employee was of a certain religion or sexual orientation. Sometimes the reason is more obvious, like a bias against people of a certain race, being male or female, a woman becoming pregnant or people with disabilities.
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At Ricotta & Marks, P.C., our New York workplace discrimination lawyers have the skills and experience to represent transgender and gender-non confirming employees. We will protect your rights. If you have been harassed, passed over for a promotion or fired because you are transgender, contact our legal team Ricotta & Marks, P.C. Call 347-464-8694 to speak to one of our attorneys. From our offices in Jackson Heights, Queens, and Carle Place, Long Island, we serve clients throughout New York State.Schedule Consultation