Have you ever been discriminated against at work because of your sexual preference or identity? This is a very serious situation and should not be taken lightly. I mean this isn’t just some ignorant person off the street this is your employer, who should want you to succeed or have some positive thought about you, after all they did hire you to begin with. Which brings me to another issue, being hired to ultimately get pushed out because of who you are. The employer makes everything seem like your performance is horrible or you are doing everything wrong to try to get you to quit. I mean how old are we? Five?
Just as you wouldn’t deal with racial discrimination, you should NOT deal with sexual discrimination. This includes sexual harassment, identity harassment and sexual discrimination. This also means that just because some of the office males, see you as one of the guys that it is okay to talk about the girls you banged last night. Unless, of course, that is the repertoire you have with the fellas, then by all means have at it. Or if you are a butch, you should not be whispered about because you are wearing men’s clothing to work or have short kept hair. You should also not be penalized or reprimanded for, deciding to start a family with your partner.
So basically, if this is happening, you can and should take legal action. Start with the inside of your business or company. Report to HR and the EEOC of your company. File complaints. DON’T QUIT, that’s what they want you to do, let them fire you if you’re so horrible now, so you can collect unemployment.
Equalrights.org writes, “Federal Law : The federal law prohibiting sexual discrimination in the workplace is Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Title VII applies to private employers, state and local government employers, labor organizations, employment agencies, and joint employer-union apprenticeship programs with 15 or more employees.
The federal law protecting students from sex discrimination is Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The law applies to academic, extra-curricular, research, occupational training, and other educational programs from pre-school through graduate school that receive or benefit from federal financial funding. There are some educational institutions that are not covered by Title IX, even if they do receive federal funding, including some religious organizations, military training schools; and university fraternities and sororities.”
They also suggest to write down what happens, report to employer and use the internal complaint systems. This means you can file a grievance with the company and do what it takes to get yourself heard! There are also organizations that can assist if you need more help, or you can always hire a lawyer to help get your point across.
Good luck and do not take this type of treatment, EVER!