Most people go to work every day for one reason: to earn a living. Your work environment should always be a comfortable place where you are treated fairly and with respect. Unfortunately, there are far too many corporations that fail their employees in one way or another in this regard.
However, when your experiences at work are being tarnished due to discrimination, your employer has not only wronged you ethically, but legally as well. We spoke with a couple of employment law attorneys to uncover the top 5 ways employees are discriminated against at work, and what these workers did about it.
According to Johnson & Johnson, P.C., ageism has steadily been on the rise over the last decade. “When an employer refuses to hire a perfectly capable and experienced employee, who is otherwise the best candidate for the position they were interviewing for, they’re engaging in age discrimination.” says attorney Johnson. Similarly, if you were passed over for a promotion at work due to your age, you have also been discriminated against.
You’re a Woman
Over 40 percent of women have faced gender discrimination in the workplace. This can manifest in several ways including being denied a promotion over your male counterpart, earning less than the men you work with, being denied the opportunity to take on important assignments due to your gender, and being treated as incompetent are all examples of gender discrimination.
The Color of Your Skin
Being denied a job opportunity, promotion, or other work-related tasks due to the color of your skin is another form of discrimination. The attorneys at Snider & Associates, LLC have reported several clients dealing with racial discrimination lawsuits against employers who claim to have been equal opportunity employers, but subsequently dismissed certain job candidates solely on the basis of their skin color.
Physical or Mental Disability
Having a physical or mental disability doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t work, and you shouldn’t be limited by preconceived notions about your physical and mental health, particularly at work.
You Became Pregnant or Started a Family
One of the most common types of discrimination in the workplaces is when men or women are discriminated against for starting a family. Oftentimes, pregnant women will have their job responsibilities reduced after announcing that they are expecting, and are denied time off after giving birth.
The law requires your employer to have your job waiting for you when you are ready to come back to work after having a baby, and if they don’t you could be dealing with pregnancy discrimination.
If any of these types of discrimination resonate with an experience you are dealing with, it may be in your best interest to consult with an employment law attorney so you have a full understanding of your rights at work and what your options are for overcoming the discrimination.