do i have a case for harassment ?

I work for a company where one of the managers before opening followed me around
for for an hour calling me the f word homophobic slander. I also had another
manager where I was forced to get a broom and sweeper and walk around the store
for no reason while my fellow coworkers watched and laughed at me and asked
what i was doing ?

Asked on October 23, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Nevada


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Federal law does not protect from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation (e.g. being homosexual), but fortunately for you, your state's (NV's) law is more progressive and does. The state law barring sexual orientation-based discrimination is limited to employers with 15 or more employees, but if your employer does have more than 15 employees, you may have a case and may wish to take it to the Nevada Equal Rights Commission.
Note that if this was a one-time thing and has been dealt with the company, there would effectively be no claim because a company's obligation is not to prevent discrimination or harassment in the first place, which would be impossible since the employer does not mind-control it's employees (i.e. cannot control what they do every second, and so head off discrimination before it occurs), but rather to respond appropriately and effectively when discrimination, etc. does occur. So if the general manager has put an end to this, then the matter is over--but if the problems or harassment reoccurs, then contact the Equal Rights Commission.
Here is a link you may find helpful, and good luck:

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