Attorneys for LGBTQ Issues in Richmond
Fighting LGBTQ Discrimination in the Workplace
If you are an employee in Virginia who identifies as a member of the LGBTQ community, state laws and a U.S. Supreme Court decision handed down in 2020 protect you against discrimination at work. You cannot be discriminated against or fired from your job because of your sexual orientation and gender identity.
If you have been subjected to such treatment since these legal developments occurred, reach out to an attorney who can help! At LawrenceQueen, we can help LGBTQ employees take legal action to assert their rights after experiencing unlawful treatment by their employers. Through legal action, it may be possible to recover fair and just compensation from your employer.
The Virginia Values Act
Signed into law in April 2020, the Virginia Values Act – an expansion of the Virginia Human Rights Act – went into effect on July 1 that year. The law now protects Virginians against discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, public spaces, and credit applications.
It additionally provides protections against discrimination against pregnancy and childbirth, among others protecting additional classes.
The Virginia Human Rights Act, and consequently the Virginia Values Act, provides that claimants alleging sexual orientation or gender identity discrimination must file a claim of discrimination with the Virginia Division of Human Rights (DHR) within 300 days from the time the discrimination occurred. DHR will investigate the claim and if it is unsuccessful in resolving it, may issue a right to sue.
As soon as you experience any kind of discrimination, reach out to LawrenceQueen. Our attorneys for LGBTQ issues near Richmond can help you from filing your initial claim and through any legal proceedings that may take place in the future.
Bostock v. Clayton County
In a landmark decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in Bostock v. Clayton County that employees nationwide cannot be fired because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. While 23 states – including Virginia – have their own laws protecting LGBTQ employees, the Supreme Court’s ruling in June 2020 provides a federal precedent for safeguarding their rights at work.
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If you have experienced discrimination at work because of your sexual orientation or gender identity, contact our lawyers for LGBTQ issues near Richmond to get the legal support you need. Although the laws protecting your rights are fairly new in Virginia – and the first of their kind in a Southern state – our attorneys are experienced and qualified to provide the legal advocacy you need.
Reach out to us online today to learn more about our practice and how you can schedule an initial consultation.
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