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Local human relations ordinances often provide greater protection for employees than state or federal anti-discrimination laws. For example, local laws may prohibit employers from discriminating against their employees on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. In the Lehigh Valley, the cities of Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton all have ordinances that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.
The Bethlehem and Easton human relations ordinances define “sexual orientation” as “actual or perceived homosexuality, heterosexuality and/or bisexuality.” “Gender identity or expression” is defined as “self-perception, or perception by others, as male or female, and shall include an individual’s appearance, behavior or physical characteristics, that may be in accord with, or opposed to, one’s physical anatomy, chromosomal sex or sex assigned at birth, and shall include, but is not limited to, persons who are undergoing or have completed sex reassignment.”
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If you believe you have been discriminated against at work on the basis of your perceived or actual sexual orientation or gender identity or expression, call an employment discrimination attorney at Shay, Santee, Kelhart & Deschler LLC in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, immediately to discuss your case. We can help you determine whether you have experienced sexual stereotype discrimination and, consequently, determine whether your claim is cognizable under state or federal law. If it is not, we can help you determine whether your employer violated a local human relations ordinance. Further, we can assist you in understanding your options and the strength of your case. Employees and prospective employees should be advised that there are typically strict and relatively short deadlines for filing a discrimination claim with the appropriate local human relations commission. Do not lose your right to bring a claim and get the relief you deserve. Schedule a consultation or call us at 610-295-5328.