June is Pride Month, which commemorates positive impact that LGTBQ people have had on their communities around the world. Many places of business pay tribute to the LGBTQ+ community and hold special events in their honor. Unfortunately, however, despite the recognition, employers still have a long way to go to eliminate workplace discrimination.
A recent study showed found that more than 50% of all LGBTQ+ workers report having experienced discrimination at work. Further, half of LGBTQ+ employees fear that being “out” may hurt their chances of promotion or otherwise damage their careers. Nearly 2/3rds of all LGBTQ+ employees believe that their employers could do more to provide a tolerant and supportive environment.
Currently, whether federal law prohibits LGBTQ+ discrimination is unclear. Title VII, which protects against various types of employment discrimination, including sex discrimination, has been found to prohibit sexual orientation discrimination, in some jurisdictions, but not in others. Federal courts of appeals have differed on their interpretation of the law, and as such, the Supreme Court will hear argument over this important point of law later this year.
For more information or if you believe you have suffered any type of employment discrimination, please contact the dedicated Atlanta employment discrimination lawyers at Buckley Bala Wilson Mew LLP for an immediate case evaluation.