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Expanding protection of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people

Decided in June 2015, Obergefell v. Hodges ranks among the greatest victories in U.S. Supreme Court history. Correcting a long-standing injustice, the Court held that same-sex couples nationwide could finally exercise the fundamental right to marry.

But more remains to be done. For those in the LGBT community, the fight for equality under the law continues. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people still regularly encounter discrimination in many realms of life, including the following:

  • seeking and retaining employment;
  • accessing public accommodations;
  • obtaining healthcare and insurance;
  • parenting; and
  • education.

No person should have to endure discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation. Although recent stances taken by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission show greater recognition of LGBT rights-particularly under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964-federal and state lawmakers continue to drag their feet. In this legal environment, The Chandra Law Firm LLC's litigators will work tirelessly to protect and advance these rights.

As illustrated by Obergefell, high-impact litigation provides a mean for advancing the rights of the entire LGBT community. Decisions like this are no accident. They are the product of deliberate, careful, strategic legal advocacy.

In the absence of federal and state legislative action to protect LGBT rights, the next frontier of effective litigation will build upon the Obergefell decision and its predecessor rulings like Lawrence v. Texas, which invalidated statutes criminalizing same-sex relations. The next generation of lawsuits against governments that discriminating against members of the LGBT community. Lawsuits against private employers where gender stereotyping has occurred are already viable.

Navigating this rapidly evolving area of law requires flexibility and agility. As a boutique litigation firm, our firm is ideally positioned to vindicate LGBT rights and pursue progress for all.

We have, for example, assisted transgender individuals in securing their rights with educational institutions, and have counseled numerous LGBT people and families in ensuring nondiscrimination by the government.

You can reach our firm, which serves clients throughout Ohio and the nation, by calling 216-578-1700 or by filling out our online contact form.

Making the right choice in legal representation can make the difference in whether you achieve a result that protects your legal rights and best interests.

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