On Friday, the House passed the Equality Act, which extends civil rights protections to the LGBTQ community. It prohibits discrimination on matters of sexual orientation and gender identity and amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The act covers public and private sectors of businesses and other entities. The proposed act will head to the Senate for approval next on its way to potentially being enacted into law.
Members of the LGBTQ community should not be subject to discrimination at their workplaces, which may come in the form of harassment and abuse or being treated differently from colleagues by an employer or business. Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 may be used to back up an employment discrimination case, it does not specifically offer protection to LGBTQ workers. It is hoped that the Equality Act will be enacted, so that employees will not be subjected to discrimination due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.
If you experienced LGBTQ discrimination at your workplace, our Philadelphia LGBTQ discrimination lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C. will strive to resolve the matter in your favor. Call us today at 215-569-1999 or contact us online to schedule a free case review. From our offices in Philadelphia and Pennsauken, New Jersey, we represent clients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.