In California, Sexual Orientation Discrimination is illegal; it is considered sexual harassment.
A person cannot be discriminated against because of his or her sexual orientation, meaning heterosexuality, homosexuality or bisexuality. Just being unfair, overbearing, or annoying to a person of the opposite sex is not sexual discrimination or harassment because that is not based on gender, unless an individual is singled out for this treatment on the basis of gender.
To determine whether you are protected against discrimination from your employer, there are three other things to consider:
1. Whether you are considered an employee who is covered under the law.
2. Whether your employer is subject to the anti-discrimination laws.
3. Whether your employer's conduct is considered discriminatory under the law.
4. What reason your employer discriminates against you.
If you feel you may be unlawfully discriminated against, contact us so we may review your situation with you.