What is Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination (SOGI)?

It’s illegal to discriminate against a person based on their sexual orientation or gender identity (SOGI).  In Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, the  U.S. Supreme Court made it clear that sexual orientation and gender identity are protected under Title VII. The Court ruled on the meaning of sex discrimination in Title VII  Civil Rights Act, held that discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination is sex-based discrimination within the meaning of the Act.

How Do I Know If I’ve Experienced Discrimination?

Discrimination takes many forms. Here are a few examples:

  • If you are transitioning, it is illegal for your employer to fire you.
  • If your employer won’t permit you to use the restroom corresponding to your gender identity.
  • If you are transgender and your supervisor or coworkers consistently use your “deadname”—the name you were given at birth but no longer use.
  • If you want to add a spouse to the company’s health insurance coverage, and the company refuses, asserting your same-sex marriage isn’t legitimate.

The above examples are not exhaustive. Please feel free to contact us and tell us your story.

What to Do If You Experience LGBTQ+ Discrimination in the Workplace

If you’ve been denied a job, fired, denied benefits, or equal opportunity because you are LGBTQ+ or Non-Binary, The Noble Law could help. We can file a federal notice about your discrimination claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Doing this within the filing deadline is critical. We know that discrimination can undermine your career and take a toll emotionally. Moreover, it can impact you financially and hold you back in your career. But you’re not alone. We’ll use our considerable resources to fight back.

If the federal government decides to bring a lawsuit against your employer, The Noble Law will play a crucial role. The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) has an enormous caseload. We will be your personal attorneys and ensure the DOJ pays attention to your case and keep you fully informed about its progress.

If the EEOC declines to refer the case to DOJ, The Noble Law will sue your employer. We’ll subpoena records from your employer and take depositions to determine who contributed to the harassment or discrimination and who sanctioned it. The goal is to enable you to get your career back on track and regain your dignity, whether that means reinstatement or monetary damages.

Reach Out to Us at The Noble Law for a Free and Confidential Consultation

If you’re an LGBTQ+ employee suffering workplace discrimination in South or North Carolina, contact us at The Noble Law for a free, confidential consultation. For your convenience, we have several locations. Reach out to our Charlotte, NC Employment Lawyers, Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill Employment Lawyers, or our team inMount Pleasantin South Carolina. We stand ready to defend employees facing sexual orientation or gender identity discrimination in the workplace.

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