Gender Discrimination in Restrooms and Locker Rooms
The majority of the U.S. population is used to constantly hearing how members of the LGBT community continue to fight for their rights. The earliest instance of this can be traced back to 1924 with the founding of the Society for Human Rights, the first organization for gay rights. In 1970, the country witnessed the first gay pride parade. The rainbow flag that is now symbolic of the LGBT community was designed in 1978. Over the years, the plight for the rights of those who identify as lesbian, gay, and bisexual has continued. Although some might argue that things have gotten better for those lesbians, gays, and bisexuals, many might agree that transgender people have not achieved the same results. The rights of transgender individuals, now more than ever, are at the forefront of current LGBT movements.
One of the most recent issues facing the LGBT community involves the transgender right to public restrooms and other facilities. As of July 1, 2017, transgender people have the right to access restrooms and locker rooms that are consistent with their gender identity or expression. The right of transgender people to use facilities that correspond to their gender identity or expression is based on California’s FEHA protections based on sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.
Unfortunately, the majority of transgender peoples will encounter gender discrimination at multiple times during their lives. One of the most common forms of discrimination includes using public facilities, such as restrooms or locker rooms, designed for only one gender. If you are transgender and suffered LGBTQ discrimination when all you wanted to do was use the restroom, you might have grounds to file a lawsuit against the party or entity that was discriminative. You must contact a lawyer for transgender issues as soon as possible.
If you are in need of legal assistance to learn more about your right to sue after suffering LGBT discrimination, you must speak with a transgender friendly lawyer in Los Angeles. The attorneys at California Employee Rights Legal Group are ready to help you file a lawsuit against the party that discriminated you for being transgender. Our attorneys have dedicated many years to fighting for the rights of members of the LGBT community both in and out of the workforce. It does not matter if you suffered anti-LGBT discrimination in the workplace, in a gym, in a restaurant, or anywhere with a public restroom; our Los Angeles attorneys can help you exercise your rights to take legal action. You must contact our law firm as soon as possible.
Clarifying the Meaning of Transgender
In many cases, discrimination rises from a lack of information or ignorance. Many parties who do not understand what it means to be transgender are the ones who are most discriminative. The dictionary definition of the term transgender is the following: relating to an individual whose sense of personal gender and identity does not match with the sex with which they were born. Transgender can be further dissected into transgender male and transgender female. A transgender man is someone who was assigned with the female sex at birth but identifies as a male. A transgender woman is someone who was assigned with the male sex at birth but identifies as a female. Many people mistakenly believe that being transgender is directly associated with a specific sexual orientation; however, gender identity is generally unrelated to sexual orientation. Because of that, people who are transgender can identify as asexual, bisexual, homosexual, or heterosexual. Many of the issues that face the transgender community include using public facilities. Although transgender people identify with a specific gender, they are often not allowed to use the gender-appropriate facilities. For example, a transgender woman might not be allowed in the women’s restroom, while a transgender man might not be allowed in the men’s restroom.
What is the problem with not allowing transgender individuals to use the appropriate facilities? To better understand this, let’s consider the issue in terms of cisgender (an individual whose identity matches with their sex at birth). Are cis female individuals comfortable in using the men’s restroom? Are cis male individuals comfortable in using the women’s restroom? The answers to those questions are probably similar; no, cis individuals would not be comfortable using a restroom for the opposite sex. Transgender individuals identify with a sex with which they were not assigned at birth; therefore, they can identify themselves as male or female. Is it acceptable for someone who identifies as male or female to be forced to use a facility for a gender with which they do not identify?
What Does the Law State?
California’s FEHA protects employees from being discriminated against on the bases of sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. FEHA was recently updated to include rules regarding the use of gender-specific facilities, such as restrooms and locker rooms. According to the updated version of FEHA, transgender parties have the right to use restrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their gender identity without having to provide any proof of gender. In addition, all restroom facilities designed for single-use must be open to all genders; this includes restrooms in government agencies, public places, and businesses.
If you are transgender and they did not let you use the men’s locker room, you could file a lawsuit. If you are transgender and they did not let you use the women’s locker room, you could also file a lawsuit. If your rights are being infringed at a gym that does not let you use the locker room for the gender with which you identify, you could sue the gym for discrimination. For more information about your right to file a lawsuit, you must contact the attorneys at California Employee Rights Legal Group as soon as possible.
Your Right to File a Lawsuit
If the gym told you to use the men’s bathroom but you wanted to use the women’s bathroom, your rights, as details by FEHA, were infringed. You have the right to file a lawsuit. It does not matter if you are a transgender male or transgender female; if you were denied the right to use a restroom or a locker room because you are transgender, you could sue. Whether you were discriminated against at a gym, a restaurant, or anywhere else with public facilities, you could file a lawsuit against the business for not letting you use the restroom or locker room facilities based on your status of transgender. If you were discriminated against based on being transgender in your workplace, you could file a complaint under FEHA. If you were discriminated against in the workplace but you would like to file a claim outside of FEHA, you could file a civil lawsuit. If you were not discriminated against in the workplace but rather discriminated against in another entity, such as a gym, you could also file a lawsuit based on California’s public accommodation laws. These laws apply to hotels, motels, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, theaters, stores, gyms, hospitals, public agencies, and hair salons, for example. To learn more about your right to file a lawsuit against the parties that discriminated against you for being transgender, you must speak with a discrimination lawyer for transgender people at California Employee Rights Legal Group as soon as possible.
Your Right to Compensation
If you are transgender and they banned you form using the men’s locker room or the gym did not let you use the men’s bathroom, you could be compensated after filing a lawsuit. Likewise, if you are transgender and they did not permit you to use the women’s locker room or the gym did not allow you to use the women’s bathroom, you could be compensated. When you contact our law firm to sue the gym for discrimination, our attorneys will fight for your rights to be compensated. Our attorneys are dedicated to helping you recover the compensation that you deserve; therefore, they will aggressively fight to reach a positive outcome for your claim and to ensure that you are rightfully compensated. If you would like to learn more about the compensation that you could receive for your transgender discrimination claim, you must speak with a California LGBT discrimination lawyer at California Employee Rights Legal Group immediately.
California Employee Rights Legal Group
If you were a victim of discrimination based on your gender identity or expression in a gym, you must contact a discrimination lawyer in Los Angeles, CA as soon as possible. If the gym did not let you use the men’s locker room and you are a transgender man, you might have a case against the gym. If you would like more information in regards to your right to sue, you must contact California Employee Rights Legal Group at your earliest convenience. The gender identity discrimination attorneys at our law firm have dedicated many years to representing members of the LGBT community for unfortunate discrimination claims. If you are ready to speak with our experts, you must contact us to benefit from our free legal services. Our firm offers free consultations and free second opinions to all parties affected by transgender discrimination. During our free consultations and free second opinions, the experienced attorneys at California Employee Rights Legal Group will answer all your questions, address all your concerns, and ensure that you have all the information necessary to file a successful claim against the gym or other entity that discriminated against you. It does not matter if your claim has been affected by the incompetence of another attorney; our experienced lawyers will ensure that your claim is back on the right track. To benefit from our free legal services, you must contact our law firm as soon as possible.
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