Rights and Legal Assistance

LGBTQ+ Rights in Utah

SB 296 is Utah’s anti-discrimination law. Employers and housing providers are not allowed to discriminate against people based on their sexual or gender identity. There are exceptions to this protection, however. Equality Utah has a FAQ available for more information on SB 296 and who to contact if you believe that you have been discriminated against. Click here to see the FAQ.

Your Rights at DSU

DSU’s Harassment and Non-discrimination policy includes sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. If you feel that you have been harassed or discriminated against because of any of these things, please file an inclusion complaint, linked here and/or contact the Title IX department directly.

For the full policy details click 154: Title IX, Harassment and Nondiscrimination.

At DSU and in the state of Utah, you have the legal protection to use whichever bathroom matches your gender identity, regardless of gender presentation. We are working to create a map of campus with detailed locations of ‘gender neutral’ or ‘all users’ restrooms to place under the Resources tab.

DSU’s Office of Title IX Clery Act & Compliance

The Dixie State University Office of Title IX Clery Act & Compliance exists to educate and prevent gender inequity, sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual abuse, and sexual assault. If you feel your rights have been violated or you witness any of the aforementioned, please contact Cindy Cole. For more information see https://titleix.dixie.edu/.

 

Additional LGBTQ+ Legal Resources

American Civil Liberties Union – the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a national organization that works daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.

 

Utah Fair Housing – The Antidiscrimination and Labor Division (UALD) Fair Housing unit administers and enforces the Utah Fair Housing Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, source of income, familial status, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The Act specifically prohibits discrimination against anyone who wants to rent or purchase real property (houses, condos apartments, etc.) based on the listed categories. Additionally, based on a cooperative agreement with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, anyone who files a housing discrimination complaint with our office is automatically filing with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

 

Utah Labor Commission (Employment Discrimination) – The Antidiscrimination and Labor Division’s Employment Discrimination focus is to administer and enforce the Utah Antidiscrimination Act of 1965, found at Utah Code Annotated, Title 34A Chapter 5. The Act prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age (over 40), national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, childbirth or pregnancy-related conditions. Additionally, based on a work-share and contract agreement with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the UALD is empowered to act as an agent of the EEOC and has authority to enforce Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

 

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. Most employers with at least 15 employees are covered by EEOC laws (20 employees in age discrimination cases). Most labor unions and employment agencies are also covered.

 

Lambda Legal – Founded in 1973, Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, we do not charge our clients for legal representation or advocacy, and we receive no government funding. We depend on contributions from supporters around the country.

 

Trans Legal Services NetworkNational Center for Transgender Equality created the Trans Legal Services Network to ensure that every transgender person has access to assistance navigating the complicated name and gender change process and any other legal issues they may face. The Network brings together over 80 organizations serving trans communities to share advice, technical support and legal resources, helping member organizations build capacity and expand their services. Through regular phone conferences, listserv conversations, and individualized support the Network serves to improve and expand name and gender change services and other legal services available to trans people across the country. The Trans Legal Services Advisory Council is made up of law firms dedicated to providing legal support for the Network.

 

Free Brief Advice Legal Clinics in Utah – The purpose of our Free Brief Advice Legal Clinics is to provide brief one-on-one instruction & assistance to low-income Utahns who cannot afford legal representation. Legal volunteers cannot file for you or appear in court on your behalf. The Free Brief Advice Legal Clinics are open to any low-income Utahn on a first-come first-serve basis. Please be aware we do not make appointments. All Free Brief Advice Legal Clinics are staffed by volunteer law students and volunteer on-site supervising attorneys.

 

GLAD Legal Advocates & Defenders – Contact us for free & confidential information, assistance and referrals. Our highly trained volunteers are available 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. EST Monday – Friday at 800-455-GLAD. Translation is available in over 200 languages. Email us anytime and we’ll get back to you within three business days. Contact us via live chat Monday – Friday 1:30–4:30 EST.

 

*This is not an all encompassing list and DSU is not sponsored or affiliated with these additional resource listings. This list is meant only to serve as a guide to those seeking information and is not meant as legal advise.