lgbtA new law in the state of California has multiple benefits for the LGBT Community.  Bills 496 and 1678, which were recently signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown, aim to improve the health care experience for LGBT citizens and have provisions in place to open doors to LGBT owned businesses.

Bill 496 involves instituting additional training for health care employees to ensure that they are prepared to properly deal with LGBT health issues.  Supporters of this bill asserted that many health care providers weren’t fully aware of potential health related issues that arise in the LBGT community – and therefore found it difficult to provide the best advice or course of treatment possible for the patient.

This portion of the law is designed to encourage appropriate and targeted training for health care workers so they can accurately and comfortably discuss LGBT health concerns.  Appropriate training for these issues will lead to more comfortable encounters with health care professionals and to an improved health care experience for all parties involved.

Bill 1678 focuses on LBGT owned businesses being included in public utility bids.  While this portion of the law won’t necessarily drive additional business to LGBT contractors, it does give them the same opportunity to get their foot in the door on difficult to secure and lucrative contracts which could lead to a marked improvement in profits.

These bills contain two different angles that both lead to the same desired result – the fair and equitable treatment of the LGBT community.  If you have had issues with a business, institution or employer because of your gender, race or orientation you need to reach out to an experienced legal professional.  An experienced California personal rights attorney can review your story to see if there are issues relating to discrimination.  If you have been treated unfairly or if your rights have been compromised your attorney will compile and work to build a case against the offending party. Sexual orientation discrimination is illegal and prohibited by both California and federal laws. The California Fair Employment and Housing Act makes it unlawful for any employer with over 5 employees to discriminate against an employee based on an unlawful reason, such as race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, language, or any other protected reason. California law is broader than federal law on this point, as there is no law under Title VII that provides protection for discrimination based on the actual or perceived sexual orientation of employees.

Individuals who succeed in bringing religious discrimination claims are entitled to back-pay, compensatory damages, and attorneys’ fees.

AXIS Legal Counsel is an employment law firm representing clients  in numerous kinds of lawsuits and disputes involving some of the nation’s largest employers. Whether it is sexual harassment, other kinds of harassment, discrimination, medical/disability discrimination, retaliation, hostile work environment, wage/hour, workplace bullying, or other claims, AXIS Legal Counsel is experienced in the field of employment and labor law and focused on providing high-quality legal service.  AXIS’s managing attorney, Rabeh M. A. Soofi, is recognized as one of the “Top Women Lawyers in Southern California” by SuperLawyers, and is a Los Angeles Employment Attorney with experience representing numerous employees with a wide variety of employment claims.

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