Were you passed up for that promotion due to your race?
Are you not making the same rate of pay as your colleagues due to your gender?
Among many, these are common forms of employment discrimination that employees face on a daily basis.
Forms of Workplace DiscriminationAlthough there are laws in place protecting employees from such acts, there are employers who are not as confined as others to meet these requirements. Causing the government to create new state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination in the workplace and allowing employees to take a stand!
The laws created to prohibit discrimination in the workplace have protected employees by creating “protected” categories to which an employer must adhere.
- Ethnicity/Nation of Origin
- Political Affiliation
- Disability/Medical Condition
- Sexual Orientation
- Gender Identity
- Marital Status
An employer cannot discriminate against an employee based off any of these categories.
Protect Yourself Against Workplace Discrimination
Many times, the burden of proof is placed on the employee to prove that discrimination actually took place. Therefore, it is essential that all events are documented accurately.
If you believe you are experiencing workplace discrimination, be sure to provide as much evidence as possible, such as;
- Text messages
- A journal, documenting the events with specific dates, times, those involved and any witnesses.
The information that you gather can be reviewed and used by an attorney to assist in proving your discrimination case.
When faced with possible discrimination, such as being terminated due to your sexual orientation or age, the best advice is to contact an attorney and see if you have a viable case.
An attorney can assist in determining if the action was taken due to a legitimate business decision or due to discrimination.
If you feel you have fallen victim to employment discrimination, contact Wenzel Fenton Cabassa P.A. for your free confidential consultation.