EEOC Files Suits Challenging Sexual Orientation Discrimination

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed two suits against private employers alleging that the employers engaged in discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

Both cases involve employees whose supervisors made hostile remarks to them on the basis of their sexual orientation. A suit involving a gay male employee alleges that the employee’s supervisor referred to him using anti-gay epithets. A suit involving a lesbian employee alleges that the employee’s supervisor told her “I want to turn you back into a woman” and “[Y]ou would look good in a dress.”

In Massachusetts, employers are prohibited from discriminating against or harassing employees on the basis of their sexual orientation and the workplace rights of LGBT employees are protected. Ackerstein Law can work with employees who feel that they have been discriminated against or harassed because of their sexual orientation.

Additional information about the EEOC suits is available at http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/3-1-16.cfm.