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What is Sexual Orientation Discrimination?

Federal law does not prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. However, New York State and New York City do prohibit such discrimination. Under the New York State’s and New York City’s Human Rights Laws, If you work (or apply to work) for a business employing more than 4 people, the employer is prohibited from basing hiring, firing, promotion, benefit, layoff, compensation, training and job assignment decisions on your sexual orientation.

Under the New York State law, sexual orientation is defined as heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality or asexuality, whether actual or perceived. For employers in New York City, the law includes a prohibition against discrimination based on gender identity, which expands the protection of the state law to transgender individuals.

How do I know if I am a victim of sexual orientation discrimination?

I think I have a sexual orientation discrimination problem

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