Employment discrimination is a form of discrimination that occurs when an employer treats a person or group of people differently than others in a similar situation. It can be direct or indirect and can take many forms, including hiring, firing, promotion, compensation, job assignments and training.
In the workplace, employment discrimination is often linked to race, gender identity and sexual orientation. However, it can also be based on age or disability status.
This article defines some key terms related to employment discrimination in order to help you avoid being discriminated against in your job search, while also providing advice for what you should do if you believe that you have been discriminated against by your employer.
Understand Your Rights
Employers have a duty to provide their employees with a safe and fair work environment. Employees have rights in the workplace that they can enforce if they are not satisfied with how their employer is treating them.
Employees can protect themselves against discrimination by understanding their rights and speaking up if they feel that they are not being treated fairly. If you feel like your employer has discriminated against you, you should talk to someone at the company or your HR department about what happened and what steps you can take to protect yourself.
Signs That You Might be Facing Discrimination
Some signs that you might be facing discrimination in your job may include: your work environment becomes hostile or uncomfortable after you’ve started working there, you’re not given the same opportunities as your coworkers, or you’re passed up for promotions or raises, despite good performance.
Additional signs you may be being discriminated against also include your employer making comments about how they don’t think you’ll be able to do certain tasks well, they make you feel like you’re on the bottom of the ladder or that they don’t value your skills, or they treat you differently than other employees in a similar position, such as giving you more work than others and/or making you do more menial tasks.
What to Do When Being Discriminated Against
Discrimination is a violation of the law, and it affects people in many ways. If you believe that you are being discriminated against by your employer, then it is important to know what to do.
The first step should be to speak with your employer about the matter. If they agree with your claims, then they will most likely take action and prevent any further discrimination from happening.
Employment discrimination cases are a type of case in which an individual is the victim of unfair treatment, and they are usually filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). If you have first tried speaking with your employer and have seen no resolution, then you can file a complaint with the EEOC to take this matter further.
Discrimination in the workplace has been an ongoing issue for decades now – both for those who are on the receiving end of it and those who are enacting it. In order to address this issue, we need to understand what discrimination means and how it happens so that we can work towards preventing it from happening in our workplaces.