Since we spend half of our lives at the workplace, we expect it to be friendly, welcoming, and a nice place to be. Despite the strict laws against discrimination at the workplace, unfortunately, many workers become victims of one either by their seniors, co-workers, or employers.
Many victims do not raise their voices against the ongoing discrimination against them at the workplace in fear that they will be terminated from their workplace. And, losing your living is the last thing you want to do.
Workplace discrimination is an unlawful practice where the employee is treated unfairly or harassed due to their age, sexual orientation, religion, race, gender, marital status, family status, and other factors.
Note that workplace discrimination does not only occur at the workplace, but it can also be a part of recruiting process. Therefore, it is vital to be aware of the signs of discrimination so that if you feel that you are becoming a victim of one, you can seek help from an experienced employment law attorney to help you get justice.
Warning signs of discrimination at the workplace.
- Disparate treatment: Disparate treatment is a common discrimination practice at many workplaces, meaning a particular group is mistreated compared to others. For instance, your employer may treat a group of Muslim workers differently than Christian workers. Additionally, disparate treatment can also be referred to as employers favoring men over women. For example, your employer offers promotions only to a specific group.
- You are constantly harassed by the ‘jokes.’ While many people think a ‘joke’ does not make a difference, it can be a part of the harassment. Making comments and jokes, calling out slurs, and being more targeted towards a specific community or people is the biggest red flag of workplace discrimination. Bullying someone due to their age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, pregnancy, race, color, religion, etc., falls under harassment.
- The employer refuses to hire you because you belong to a specific ethnic/group. The state and federal laws protect people from discrimination and ensure equal opportunity for everyone. However, the employer may perform unlawful hiring practices. For example, you fulfill all the job criteria, have experience, and are a better candidate than other applicants. Still, the employer chooses to hire someone else over you just because you belong to a certain group. Such practices can also be considered, and the employer can be held accountable.
If you believe you are a victim of workplace discrimination, do not be afraid to contact a lawyer and seek help. Remember, discrimination can be physical or mental.