OHIO LGBTQ DISCRIMINATION LAWYERS
The Columbus, Ohio discrimination lawyers at The Friedmann Firm handle all types of discrimination cases for Ohio’s employees. Several discrimination claims can be brought pursuant to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Ohio’s laws against discrimination, O.R.C. 4112. These laws prevent employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of several “protected classes,” including race, gender, pregnancy, religion, sex (gender and sexual harassment) and national origin. Claims for disability discrimination can also be brought pursuant to O.R.C. 4112 and are governed by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Until recently, individuals discriminated against because of their sexual orientation (LGBTQ) and/or gender behavior were not protected by Title VII. However, the landscare for these types of claims is rapidly changing, as the EEOC just settled its first discrimination lawsuit for discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender stereotypes.
Sexual orientation discrimination claims and gender stereotyping discrimination claims are emerging thanks to the provisions of Title VII. Our Ohio sexual orientation discrimination attorneys speak to individuals on a regular basis who are subject to unlawful treatment at work because of their sexual orientation or because of gender non-conformity. Until this point, we have been very frustrated by the inability to help these employees from a legal standpoint. However, now it appears that these claims are becoming actionable, a very positive change for members of the LGBTQ community.
The EEOC settled its first lawsuits alleging sex discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender stereotyping in June of 2016. This will likely be the first in a long line of cases addressing these issues. Our Columbus LGBT discrimination lawyers are well versed in this constantly changing area of the law. On June 28, 2016, the EEOC announced that Pallet Companies (doing business as IFCO Systems) will pay $202,000.00 to the plaintiff in this lawsuit, who alleged she was discriminated against at work because she is a lesbian and does not conform to the employer’s “norms” for her gender. Her supervisor made numerous comments to her like, “I want you to turn back into a woman,” and “You would look good in a dress.” This is extremely demeaning conduct that no employee should have to put up with. We strongly believe that every employee is entitled to work in an environment free from harassment and ridicule. If you or anyone you know is dealing with this type of harassment at work, you should speak with one of our Ohio sexual orientation discrimination lawyers about the situation.
The settlement of this case is a huge win for discrimination lawyers and employees everywhere. This is the first case alleging sex discrimination based on sexual orientation under Title VII that has been settled by the EEOC. For the full text of the opinion and more information on this case, visit this link: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/…/bulletins/15231c2.
If you have questions about sexual orientation discrimination or are being harassed at work because you identify as LGBTQ, contact our LGBT discrimination lawyers today for a free consultation. We will help you fight for equal treatment in the workplace.
Rachel and Dominick were incredibly helpful throughout the entire process. They got back to me quickly, whenever I had questions, which helped me stay calm during a very stressful time. Rachel was confident in her abilities and knowledge of the labor laws, and she was able to secure a settlement for me. If you ever find yourself in a situation that requires you take action against an employer, I would highly recommend the Friedman Firm. There's no one I would recommend more to be in your corner.
If you are in need of an employment attorney, this is your sign to talk to Rachel and Jamie. Amazing!! They handled my case like the true professionals they are! They stuck to a strategy, even when it seemed like it wasn’t going our way and BAM! We get the outcome we wanted. I couldn’t be happier and I will always return to them if I EVER have an employment issue again. Thank you so much for helping me and my family!
Dedicated! Thorough! Detailed! Professional! Personable! I can keep going with the many qualities Pete and his team have. I highly recommend him!!! You won't be disappointed.
I needed an employment lawyer to work through a non compete. Pete at The Friedmann Firm was listed as one of the three best rated employment lawyers on a local website. I called him in the morning and later that night he was on the case and provided sound council through a very tense negotiation. Don’t take a chance with your career, reach out and get good council. Pete was very responsive every step of the way and delivered positive results. I highly recommend Pete and his Firm!
Rachel was top-notch from start to finish. She was responsible, professional, quick to respond to emails, texts or phone calls. She gives it to you straight, which I prefer! She thinks outside the box and is definitely the dog you want in the fight for you. She does not waste time and immediately dives right in to get the best results she can for you. I would highly recommend Rachel and her firm to anyone who wants to get the job done right, the first time, in a professional, compassionate and decisive manner.
My wife used this firm for a matter she had with her former employer. She could not have been more satisfied with their services. They were timely in responses, courteous, and very thoughtful. This was a difficult process for her and Pete made it so much easier by handling all of the details of her case.
Rachel Sabo of The Friedmann Firm believed in me when no one else did & helped me through every step of my legal process. Very happy with the firm’s professionalism & dedication to my case.
I called them with some questions about my employment and Jamie was very helpful. I didn’t need an attorney to handle a case for me - only to help me navigate an issue I was having at work. She answered my questions and I felt she truly listened to me. I’d recommend this firm to anyone looking for an employment lawyer. Thank you!
Pete resolved issues I was having with my employer in a quick and favorable manner. He is also easy to talk to and understands his clients rights AND needs. You’d do right to call The Friedmann Firm.
I had a terrific experience with Rachel. She handled my case in a very professional manner. She made herself available and always kept me updated. Her knowledge of the law is incredible. She took the time to educate me on the legal processes so I understood what was happening with my case. Thank you Rachel for helping me navigate a most difficult situation. I am so thankful to have had you as my attorney. You have my highest recommendation.