LGBT Workers' Rights Project

The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Workers’ Rights Project helps low-income workers address discrimination, harassment, and other problems at work because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Established in 2000, the LGBT Workers’ Rights Project works to ensure that existing law is interpreted and expanded to protect such workers.

The Project provides free legal education, counseling, advocacy and assistance to minimize barriers to employment and to help low-income LGBT workers to resolve problems of discrimination and harassment in the workplace.

In California, is it legal for an employer to discriminate against me based on my sexual orientation?

California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) makes it illegal for an employer to fire, fail to hire, or discriminate in any way against you because of your sexual orientation.  FEHA also prohibits sexual-orientation-based harassment. For more information, see our Fact Sheet Sexual Orientation Discrimination, http://www.las-elc.org/factsheets/sexual-orientation.html

What about discrimination or harassment based on my gender identity or transgender status?

FEHA also makes it illegal for your employer to discriminate against you or harass you because you are or are perceived to be transgender or gender non-conforming. For more information, see our Fact Sheet Gender Identity Discrimination: Employment Rights for Transgender Workers, http://www.las-elc.org/factsheets/gender-id.html