A California nightclub is facing a serious lawsuit filed by former employees. Micky's is well-known as one of the top West Hollywood gay nightclubs, but has experienced a wide range of legal troubles in the past. The current lawsuit is on behalf of nine former employees, and includes claims of racial discrimination and sexual orientation discrimination.
In 2011, two female officers for the Los Angeles Police Department had filed a lawsuit against the city for violating their rights as employees. Both of the women are lesbians, and even though employers are prohibited from sexually harassing workers, the two women claimed that they were harassed on several occasions because of their sexual orientation.
As we mentioned earlier this week on our San Diego employment law blog, employees in California are protected from sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace. These are important protections that employees in only 15 other states are able to benefit from. Unfortunately, this does not mean that all employers ensure that workers are free from this type of harassment and discrimination in the workplace.
Federal and state laws protect an assortment of people from different forms of discrimination and harassment at work. Employer mistreatment due to religious beliefs, age, sex, race or disability is a violation of those statutes. However, there are many employees who are still not protected against discrimination in the workplace based on their gender identity and sexual orientation.
A university golf programs director has resigned in the face of a sexual orientation discrimination lawsuit. He says that he resigned to focus on other things in his life besides golf and says his resignation is not because of the lawsuit. He continues to deny that he discriminated against a former associate coach due to her sexual orientation and says that her lawsuit against the university defames him.
A new study has found that almost half of all college-educated workers in the U.S. who are gay are in the closet at work. The study was conducted by the Center for Work-Life Policy. According to Yahoo! News, the study found that 48 percent of college-educated gay and lesbian people employed in the U.S. do not share their sexual orientation with their work colleagues. The study found that these employees often lead double lives; they are open about their sexual orientation in their personal life, but keep it hidden at their workplace.
The Center for American Progress reported recently on a Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research poll of the voting public in the U.S. that found strong support for anti-discrimination measures to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in the workplace.
As discussed in the previous post, President Obama plans to sign into law a repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) policy on Wednesday. The Senate voted to repeal the law on Saturday, following an earlier House vote to repeal the ban on openly gay military service.
The military policy of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) has been repealed and gays and lesbians will now have the same rights as other people serving in the U.S. military.
Last week, U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips ruled that the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy was unconstitutional because it violated gay service members' First Amendment rights by requiring them to remain silent about their sexual orientation. On Wednesday, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals put the decision temporarily on hold.