While the LGBT community has made great strides towards acceptance, some employers or businesses may still discriminate against LGBT individuals. This is not fair and this is not legal. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission explains that employers cannot discriminate against a person based on gender identity or sexual orientation. State and local laws cannot supersede this federal law.

How do you know if your employer is discriminating against you based on your gender identity or sexual orientation?

Failure to hire

Employers have to look at your credentials. He or she cannot fail to hire you simply because of your sexual orientation. If you have any reason to believe that a employer refused to hire you because of your sexual orientation, this is not legal.

Failure to treat respectfully

You should never accept harassment in the workplace. Harassment of LGBT individuals can encompass several different areas. For instance, if your employer refuses to use your name or gender, as you identify and have communicated, this is harassment. Your employer cannot deny you access to the restroom either or any areas that correspond with your gender identity. You also should never have to stand for derogatory terms or sexually oriented comments because of your sexuality or gender identity.

Failure to pay fairly

Every worker deserves fair wages. An example of discrimination involves you performing the same job with the same title as another worker and receiving unfair or lower wages based on your sexual orientation. Likewise, your employer may fail to provide you benefits or fail to provide your same sex spouse with benefits due to your orientation.