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Sexual Orientation Claims

Are You Facing Discrimination Due to Your Sexual Orientation?

New Jersey has been a leader in protecting workers from discrimination because of their sexual orientation. While the Supreme Court of the United States only recently tackled the issue of whether sexual orientation is protected under the law, New Jersey added affectional and/or sexual orientation to its list of protected categories in 1991! 

Because of that amendment, it is unlawful for employers to treat workers differently because of their affectional and/or sexual orientation. That means, on a basic level, that employers cannot refuse to hire, fire, refuse to promote, pay less to, or otherwise discriminate in job benefits or assignments against employees because of their sexual orientation.

How Is Affectional or Sexual Orientation Defined?

Affectional or sexual orientation, under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, include heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality. But our state law does not stop there. It protects workers against discrimination and harassment regardless of workers’ actual affectional or sexual orientation or whether they are perceived that way.

It also protects employees who practice or have practiced and who identify or in the past identified with a particular sexual orientation. So the law offers protections to those who are actually gay or bisexual, those who don’t necessarily identify as gay but may have had some gay experiences, and even those who are perceived by others as being gay! 

In the end, this amendment to the Law Against Discrimination was an expansive and much needed one.

Are You Facing Sexual Orientation Discrimination at Work?

If you are being or have been discriminated against because you are gay or bisexual or identify, are perceived by people at work as gay or bisexual, or may have had some gay or bisexual experiences, call New Jersey’s sexual orientation discrimination attorneys at Lenzo & Reis, LLC, at (973) 845-9922.

We not only regularly handle affectional and gender orientation discrimination claims, but we also stand firmly with the LGBTQ community. Our knowledgeable lawyers represent people in Morristown, Newark and Jersey City, and throughout New Jersey.

Client Reviews
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"Professional and Knowledgeable Attorney. At what was supposed to be the highest point in my career suddenly became the most harassing and lowest point of my career and I was passed over for a promotion. Not because the other person was more qualified than I was, but because I followed the law and did the right thing and the people I worked for did not like that. After researching several attorneys, my wife and I found Claudia, and the decision to retain her was the best decision we ever made. After explaining our case to Claudia, we found that she was not only extremely professional but a very caring human being. Throughout the entire process of our case, Claudia was there with us every step of the way. She explained every single proceeding that we had to go through and guided us, not only as a professional attorney in and out of court, but personally as a caring and understanding person. Because of her extensive working knowledge of employment and labor laws, Claudia was able to successfully resolve our case. My wife and I will always be extremely grateful for Claudia’s hard work and dedication, and we highly recommend Claudia Reis to anyone seeking an attorney who practices in employment and labor laws." John
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"Professionalism, integrity, and determination. Outstanding representation! Chris Lenzo did an outstanding job in my employment discrimination case. He responded to my questions in a timely fashion, provided clear communication through each step of the process, and handled my case in an honest and straight forward manner. Chris’s expertise in employment law along with his hard work ensured justice would prevail in my case and got me the compensation I deserved. Likewise, Chris’s law firm staff was professional, courteous, organized, and effective. I highly recommend Chirs Lenzo’s firm to anyone with an employment legal matter in New Jersey or New York." Sofia
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"Remarkable professional. I have worked with Ms. Reis and her firm for the past three years. During the consultation process, you will immediately experience her compassion as she offers suggestions and guides you through the difficult situation you are dealing with. Her attention to detail, timely follow up and candid manner ensured me that I was well-protected and represented. Ms. Reis always went above and beyond to protect me legally. She is a very strong and tough (when necessary) advocate for the individual she represents. Her support staff is equally diligent. I would recommend her without reservation." A.M.