On Friday, June 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court held that the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution requires all states to issue marriage licenses between two adults of the same sex. The Court’s historic ruling has wide-reaching implications for same-sex couples across the country and is a big step for equal rights. However, the fight for equality cannot stop here. Marriage equality is only one component of civil rights protections on the basis of sexual orientation.
In the 2009 Iowa Supreme Court case of Varnum v. Brien, Iowa became the third state in the nation to allow same-sex couples to get married. As of June 26, 2015, same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states. However, Iowa is still in the minority of states whose employment non-discrimination laws cover sexual orientation. In twenty-eight of the fifty states, it is still lawful to discriminate against employees on the basis of sexual orientation. Luckily, Iowans are granted protection not only on the basis of sexual orientation, but also on the basis of gender identity. Additionally, the protections in Iowa extend to discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations.
Unfortunately, these legal protections are still necessary because employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation continues to occur in Iowa workplaces. At Babich Goldman, P.C., our experienced employment lawyers can help you if your rights have been violated. If you believe you have been the victim of unlawful discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, we’d like to hear from you. Has your employer stereotyped you or passed you over for a promotion because of your sexual orientation? Are you subjected to homophobic comments or “jokes” at work? Have you lost your job or been sexually harassed because you are gay?
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