I am always subjected to harassment because I am gay

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Question:

Where I work I'm always subjected to harassment because I am gay. Other co-workers make insinuations about my sexual orientation and tell jokes among themselves that I consider personally insulting. Isn't this harassment a form of hate against gays? Is this workplace sexual orientation discrimination under the laws of Florida (where I work)?

Answer:

Sexual orientation discrimination includes being treated differently or harassed because of your real or perceived sexual orientation, whether homosexual, lesbian, bisexual, or heterosexual. There is no Federal law that specifically prohibits workplace discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender employees. However, this type of sexual orientation discrimination may be illegal in your workplace depending on where your work is located.

About half of the states prohibit sexual orientation discrimination in both private and public (state) jobs. Other states prohibit sexual orientation discrimination in public workplaces only. Unfortunately, Florida does not have any laws prohibiting either public or private workplace sexual orientation discrimination or gender identity discrimination. public employment. However, your employer may have a workplace policy against sexual orientation discrimination. Discuss with your human resources department the workplace policies applicable to kind of  harassment you are subjected to. The kind of harassment that you describe may be prohibited under your employer's employment policies.

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