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Workplace Fairness Has the Latest Information on Sexual Orientation and Religious Discrimination in the Workplace Along With Social Networking/Computer Privacy Rights

Nonprofit Organization Provides Information and Resources for Working People, Lawyers and Advocates

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 28, 2015)  This week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Obergefell v. Hodges, the case which will determine whether marriage laws will continue to discriminate against same-sex couples in some states. While as soon as June 2015, same-sex marriage may be the law of the land if the Supreme Court rules in favor of the plaintiff, in many states, sexual orientation discrimination at work is not yet against the law.

Our page on sexual orientation discrimination provides important information to those who may be facing this form of discrimination. We include answers to questions such as:

  • Which federal law covers sexual orientation discrimination?
  • Are there any laws which make it illegal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation?
  • Can I be asked not to discuss my sexual orientation or display a picture of my same-sex partner at work?

Find out if you are entitled to employment benefits for your same-sex spouse, domestic partner and family as well.

Legal prohibitions on sexual orientation discrimination has also been under fire recently as states such as Indiana and Arkansas passed laws designed to protect against religious discrimination in the workplace which many feared would impact sexual orientation protections. Our page answers such questions about religious discrimination as:

  • Which federal laws are related to religious workplace discrimination?
  • Can my employer prevent me from taking off religious holidays or my day of worship?
  • Can I be denied employment by a religious organization on religious grounds?
  • Can I dress according to my religious customs or beliefs on the job?

Our page includes many more answers to important questions pertaining to religious discrimination such as available remedies and a map that includes state laws on religious discrimination.

As employees publicly share more information concerning their sexual orientation, religious affiliations and beliefs, and other personal matters via social media, they should be aware of their social networking/computer privacy rights in the workplace. Our page answers such questions as:

  • Can potential employers use information from social media in the hiring process?
  • Can my employer legally monitor my computer and Internet activities?
  • What can my employer monitor on my computer?

We also provide information on the specific state laws that allow employers to ask for certain social media profile information from their employees.

If you are suffering from any kind of discrimination, look through our page that will show you the steps that need to be taken in order to file a claim according to your state's laws. For a more in depth look at this and other subjects as well as our services, take a look at our full website.

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About Workplace Fairness

Workplace Fairness is a nonprofit organization that provides information, education and assistance to individual workers and their advocates nationwide and promotes public policies that advance employee rights. Our goals are that workers and their advocates are educated about workplace rights and options for resolving workplace problems and those policymakers, members of the business community and the public at large view the fair treatment of workers as both good business practice and sound public policy.

Workplace Fairness works toward these goals by:

  • making comprehensive information about workers' rights  free of legal jargon  readily available to workers and to advocates and organizations that assist workers;
  • providing resources to support the work of legal services organizations, community-based organizations, law schools and private attorneys that provide free legal information and services to low-income workers;
  • presenting the employee perspective in publications, policy debates and public discussion.

The award-winning Workplace Fairness website,www.workplacefairness.org, has newly updated information throughout the site, as part of the Web's most comprehensive resource educating workers about their legal rights in the workplace.

Media Contact:
Paula Brantner
Executive Director
240-772-1205
paula@workplacefairness.org
www.workplacefairness.org