Despite significant advancements in workplaces accepting the sexual orientation and gender identities of employees, there are still a troubling number of complaints in Indiana and across the nation about sexual harassment and workplace discrimination. Filing a claim to hold these employers accountable can sometimes be a long and winding road with challenges arising along the way. However, it is important to understand how to file a claim and appeal if there are problems during the process. Having tireless legal help can be critical in these cases.
Former church music director claimed employer harassment
A man who was working as the music director of a church in Illinois had filed a lawsuit after his employer harassed him due to his sexual orientation or for other reasons. In 2014, his decision to marry his partner led to a request from the parish that he resign because it is against homosexuality. He declined and was dismissed. After subsequently filing a lawsuit naming the parish and the Chicago Archdiocese as defendants, the claim of sexual harassment was dismissed by the judge. However, on appeal, it was decided that although religious entities can dismiss workers at their discretion, they are also required to adhere to the law against harassment.
Federal and state law protects workers from discrimination
Workers who believe they are being discriminated against because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, race, national origin, religion, color or gender should be aware that they are protected by state law and by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. If the treatment includes comments, inappropriate jokes, a lack of advancement for reasons other than performance or the employee is wrongfully dismissed, it could be the basis for a legal filing. This treatment can negatively impact a person’s financial, professional and emotional situation. To be compensated for all that was lost, it is important to understand what steps to take.
Consulting with experienced employment legal professionals may be essential
Even in cases like this one where there were issues with the case moving forward, it is imperative to persevere and use all the legal alternatives available to seek compensation. Those who are discriminated against, harassed or subjected to other workplace violations may benefit from consulting with a legal professional experienced in all aspects of workplace discrimination.