Gay and Lesbian Sexual Harassment Lawyer in New York City, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Miami

Law firm fighting against LGBTQ sexual harassment at work 

Teasing. Bullying. Harassment. Violence. These sound like adolescent problems for high school students. Regrettably, these are still prevalent issues surrounding adult gay and lesbian workers in New York City, New Jersey, Philadelphia and across the country. The LGBTQ community faces sexual harassment and discrimination at unsettling high rates in the workplace. If you are being harassed at work, you may feel as though you do not have a chance to fight back. But — now is your time to stand up for your right to the fair and safe work environment.



What does “LGBT” mean?

LGBT stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender. When a “Q” is added to the end for LGBT it is used as a stand-in for questioning (LGBTQ) or question. It there are two QQs at the end LGBTQQ, it stands for Questioning Queer. This alternative to the standard acronym means the individual is uncertain of his or her sexual orientation. Other terms used when an individual is unsure are Ally or Asexual.


What is “sexual orientation”?

Sexual orientation refers to a person’s physical, romantic and/or emotional attraction towards other people. Everyone has a sexual orientation, which is integral to a person’s identity. Gay men and lesbian women are attracted to individuals of the same sex as themselves. Heterosexual people (sometimes known as “straight”) are attracted to individuals of a different sex from themselves. Bisexual people may be attracted to individuals of the same or different sex. Sexual orientation is not related to gender identity.
The sexual harassment attorneys at the Derek Smith Law Group represent clients across New York City, New Jersey and Philadelphia regardless of their sexual orientation or affiliation. We take complaints of harassment seriously. We provide hard-hitting legal counsel for the gay, lesbian, queer, and transgender employee who feel like they do not have a voice.
New York City, New Jersey and Philadelphia Sexual Harassment Attorney Derek T. Smith recently obtained a $1,600,000 verdict in a sexual orientation trial and that the amount was recently upheld on appeal.


Gay and lesbian Sexual Harassment: By the Numbers | Sexual Harassment Lawyers in NYC, NJ and Philadelphia

Since many instances of workplace sexual harassment go unreported, the numbers surrounding gay and lesbian discrimination are still uncertain. But, working with the data available, the researchers at the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy have assembled this data:

  • Fifteen percent to 43 percent of gay and transgender workers have experienced some form of discrimination on the job.
  • 90 percent of transgender workers report harassment at work.
  • Eight percent to 17 percent of gay and transgender workers report being passed over for a job or fired because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • Ten percent to 28 percent received a negative performance evaluation or were passed over for a promotion because they were gay or transgender.
  • Seven percent to 41 percent of gay and transgender workers were verbally or physically abused or had their workplace vandalized.

Abuse on the job in New York City, New Jersey and Philadelphia isn’t just a nuisance — it is a threat to your safety and well-being. Gay and lesbian victims of sexual harassment many deal with extreme psychological repercussions such as stress, anxiety, depression, and even suicidal tendencies. If you have been harassed at work, you may wish to seek psychological as well as legal help.


Sexual Harassment Based on Perceived Sexual Orientation | Sexual Harassment Lawyers in NYC, NJ & Philadelphia

You do not actually have to identify as gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual, or queer to pursue a sexual harassment lawsuit. New York City, New Jersey and Philadelphia Laws prohibit workplace discrimination (including harassment) based on “actual or perceived” sexual orientation. For example, you were repeatedly called “queer,” “fag,” and “homo” at your job, but your identity as heterosexual. You may still be entitled to compensation for sexual harassment.
You can be harassed by a member of the same-sex, or of the opposite sex. The harasser could be your supervisor or co-worker.


New York, New Jersey & Philadelphia attorneys holding employers accountable for sexual harassment in the workplace

You expect to be treated as an equal in the workplace. When your employer fails to maintain this basic right, contact the New York City, New Jersey and Philadelphia sexual harassment attorneys at the Derek Smith Law Group at 877-469-5297.