Sexual Orientation Discrimination

New York state law prohibits employers from discriminating against an individual because of his or her sexual orientation. Sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace occurs when an employee is treated differently based on his or her actual or perceived sexual orientation (whether homosexual, bisexual or heterosexual). It is important to note that it does not matter if your employer's perception of your sexual orientation is right or wrong. Even your employer is treating you unequally based on an incorrect belief about your sexual orientation, this conduct is still prohibited by state law. The New York sexual orientation discrimination lawyers at Phillips & Associates understand the sensitive issues involved in bringing a lawsuit against your employer, and we handle each case we take with our client's best interests in mind.


There are currently no federal laws that prohibit sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace, except for employees of the federal government. However, in some some circumstances, sexual orientation discrimination may overlap with sex/gender orientation, which federal law does prohibit. However, New York state law does apply to workplaces in the private sector and protects employees from being discriminated against on the basis of their sexual orientation.

Some examples of sexual orientation discrimination may include, but are not limited to:

  • Harassment from coworkers or employers about your sexual orientation
  • Derogatory comments about gay, lesbian, or bisexual individuals
  • Being denied a promotion purely based on sexual orientation
  • Being treated differently by a supervisor or manager after he or she finds out about your sexual orientation
  • Comments such as "He's too effeminate for this position," or "She's not feminine enough."
  • Being asked not to bring a same-sex partner to an event while different-sex partners are invited

If you believe you have been treated unfairly because of your actual or perceived sexual orientation, it is important to consult with an experienced New York sexual orientation discrimination attorney who can help advise you regarding the next steps you should take. The law firm of Phillips & Associates is one of the leading New York firms in workplace law, and our office regularly serves clients in the New York and Tri-State region. Our experienced attorneys have won many legal victories for our clients who have been the victims of sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace.


If you require legal assistance with a sexual orientation discrimination matter, contact our office today to schedule a consultation with one of our New York employment law attorneys. Our initial consultations are confidential and always free. At the initial meeting, we will discuss your concerns and answer your questions regarding the strength of your legal claim. If we represent you, we will do everything we can to aggressively represent your case and obtain the maximum level of compensation possible. We represent our clients on a contingency fee basis, which means you do not pay any attorney's fees unless we are able to obtain a favorable settlement for you.

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If you need legal representation for a possible sexual orientation discrimination claim, please contact the law firm of Phillips & Associates by calling (212) 248-7431 or fill out and submit our online Contact Us form to schedule your free, confidential consultation with an experienced New York employment discrimination attorney. Act now to make sure your rights and best interests are protected.

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