Employment discrimination: Did this happen to you?

Employment discrimination can happen to anyone, regardless of your sexual orientation, race, gender or creed.

Whether you're black, white, latino or another race, it doesn't matter. You're still protected by federal and state anti-discrimination laws.

7 examples of workplace discrimination

Because everyone is vulnerable to being unfairly treated on the job, it's important that everyone be aware of the most common forms of discrimination -- so they can assert their rights and stop the discrimination in its tracks.

Did something like this happen to you?

  • A job advertisement says that the hirer prefers certain candidates based on protected categories such as race, gender, religion or creed.
  • During the recruitment process, specific employees are weeded out and denied an opportunity for employment based on national origin or other superficial reasons.
  • The denial of specific benefits and compensation to employees because of their gender.
  • When employees who have equal qualifications receive different levels of salary for no apparent reason, it's important to investigate whether discrimination was involved.
  • Some employees can easily obtain the disability or maternity leave they ask for, but other employees have a difficult time obtaining such benefits.
  • Some employees can use different facilities -- perhaps a nicer bathroom, an employee fitness room, or a specific lunch or break room -- and other employees cannot have access to these facilities.
  • Employees are getting fired due to lack of work or lack of business, and the ones the employer chooses to lay-off are from a specific race or gender.

Make your workplace discrimination stop right now

If you're experiencing on-the-job discrimination, be sure to make a note of every example of discrimination as it occurs with the time, date and description. Also, save any documentation that offers proof of the events that occurred.

The law will definitely be on your side if you're being discriminated against. However, you will still need to prove your case. The evidence you gather, may, therefore, prove crucial during the litigation of your discrimination lawsuit.

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