Discrimination in the workplace refers to any disparate or preferential treatment of workers based on their membership in protected categories. Under federal and state statutes, these categories usually include the person’s age, race/nationality, sex, gender, religion, disability, and political affiliation. Some states may also include additional categories.
Discrimination in the workplace is one of the more common employment-related lawsuits, along with harassment and wage-hour disputes. Most discrimination claims are resolved through government agencies, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or state anti-discrimination agencies. These are also called employment discrimination claims.
Examples of discrimination in the workplace may include:
There can be many other types of conduct that may be classified as discrimination in the workplace. These may depend on the laws of each individual state, as they may be different from place to place.
An employer or supervisor can often face legal consequences for conduct that amounts to discrimination in the workplace. These can include:
Filing with the EEOC is usually necessary before the worker can file a private lawsuit against their employer. This is because the EEOC specializes in these types of claims. When filing, it is recommended that the affected employees keep any records or documents that may be used as evidence in the investigation.
Discrimination in the workplace is illegal, and can often be somewhat complicated to prove. You may wish to hire an employment lawyer in your area for help filing a discrimination complaint. Your attorney can review the documents and evidence that will be necessary for succeeding on your claim. Also, your attorney can provide representation during hearings in order to help you obtain the remedy needed for your situation.
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