NJ Sexual Orientation Discrimination Attorneys
Sexual orientation discrimination and gender identity discrimination are two forms of discrimination that some supervisors and employers still feel comfortable to engage in blatantly. Unfortunately, in parts of our society, certain people continue to view gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender people as immoral or abnormal.
Sexual orientation is specifically defined in the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination to include bisexuality.
New Jersey is one of the few places that specifically prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity. The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination defines “gender identity or expression” as “having or being perceived as having a gender related identity or expression whether or not stereotypically associated with a person’s assigned sex at birth”. This provision was intended to make clear that transgender individuals (people who identify and/or express themselves as a gender different than their biological sex) cannot be subject to discrimination based on their gender identity. However, the statutory definition is so broad that it also protects heterosexual “effeminate men” and “masculine women” who do not identify themselves as being of the opposite gender, but are perceived that way. That is also a form of gender stereotyping.
If you are being or have been discriminated against because you are gay, bisexual or identify as a different gender, call New Jersey’s sexual orientation discrimination attorneys at Lenzo & Reis, LLC at 973-845-9922. We represent people in Morristown, Newark, Jersey City and throughout New Jersey.