February 16, 2023
Employment Litigation Lawyer
No matter what industry they are in, everyone deserves to go into a workplace where they are respected and treated fairly. Unfortunately, however, this does not always happen. Even in this day and age, workplace discrimination still occurs. If you are being discriminated against at work, you may want to speak with an employment litigation lawyer.
Here are some common forms of workplace discrimination.
Race discrimination makes up a large percentage of workplace discrimination cases. People of certain races may not be hired to due to their race or denied promotion opportunities that employees with similar qualifications get. They may also be teased about their race at work and subjected to cruel jokes. In severe cases, they may be wrongfully terminated.
Age discrimination affects workers who are 40 and older and is a big deal in workplaces these days. Older workers may have more trouble getting hired and stay unemployed longer than younger workers. They may also get made of their age at work and even harassed into retiring early by younger bosses.
As the legal professionals at Eric Siegel Law can confirm, workers can also face discrimination for their disabilities. It can begin during the hiring process. Employers are prohibited from inquiring about disabilities during interviews. If an employer asks you what kind of disability you have in your interview, that is considered discrimination. You can also be discriminated against for your disability on the job. For example, you may not be given the same growth opportunities as other employees. You might also experience harassment about your disability, like jokes, slurs and intrusive questions.
Federal and state laws also prohibit employers from discriminating against workers for their religious beliefs. Religious employees may get harassed about their religion at work by bosses and coworkers or retaliated against for taking time off work for religious holidays.
Gender discrimination, unfortunately, occurs quite frequently in the modern workplace. For example, if a female employee is always passed over for promotions despite having the same qualifications as her male co-workers, that may be considered gender discrimination. Likewise, if female employees are always reprimanded for being a few minutes tardy while male employees are never written up for coming late, gender discrimination may have occurred.
National Origin Discrimination
It is also against the law for workplaces to discriminate against employees for place of birth, ancestry or culture. For example, if an employer asks a job candidate questions about his or her accent during an interview, it is considered unlawful.
The Pregnancy Discrimination Act prohibits employers from discriminating against pregnant workers. For instance, if your employer refuses to provide you with reasonable accommodations or does not let you work past a certain point of your pregnancy, you may have a discrimination lawsuit on your hands.
If you have been facing discrimination at work, you may want to schedule a consultation with an employment litigation lawyer as soon as possible.