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Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Currently, no federal law prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation.  Some state laws provide protection (California, for example), and some local ordinances provide protection as well (Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations).

This is confusing, because the federal, and some state laws do provide protection against same-sex harassment.  In 1998, the United States Supreme Court held in Oncale v. Sundowner Oil, that same-sex harassment is actionable.   So, it doesn't matter whether you are man or woman, or are harassed by a man or woman.  But, you can be discriminated against based on your sexual preference.

 

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