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Examples of LGBT employment discrimination

Some examples that the law views as unlawful sex discrimination include:

  • Denying an employee a promotion because the employee is gay.
  • Discriminating in terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, such as paying a lower salary to an employee because of sexual orientation.
  • Harassing an employee because of his or her sexual orientation, for example, by derogatory terms, sexually oriented comments, or disparaging remarks for associating with a person of the same or opposite sex.
  • Failing to hire an applicant because she is a transgender woman.
  • Firing an employee because the person is planning or has made a gender transition.
  • Harassing an employee because of a gender transition, such as by intentionally and persistently failing to use the name and gender pronoun that correspond to the gender identity with which the employee identifies, and which the employee has communicated to management and employees.
Pamela A. Smith
Law Office of Pamela A. Smith
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Newton, MA 02464


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