Depending on your background, what you consider to be racism may vary. You might think it's your skin color that makes it harder for you to find a good job or housing, or you may believe that you're lucky to be to color you are.
It's hard to believe that there was once a time in the United States when employers could discriminate amongst potential employees on the basis of race, religion, sex and creed. However, before the Civil Rights Act of 1964, this kind of discrimination was accepted as normal.
The trauma experienced by victims of workplace sexual harassment can range in severity based on the case. Some individuals will be hurt and angry and nothing more. Others will suffer from lasting psychological harm that requires long-term treatment to overcome.
Apparently, American companies still discriminate on the basis of race while vetting and hiring new candidates. A study released by Harvard, the Institute for Social Research in Norway and Northwestern University looked at hiring practices in the United States from 1989 to 2015.
It was not long ago that members of the LGBT community needed to keep their identities secret at work. Workers often lived a dual life, not making reference to their spouses or partners at work for fear that they would experience retaliation, harassment, loss of opportunity and the loss of their jobs.
Federal laws -- and Arizona state laws -- prohibit employers from discriminating against workers or potential employees due to things like gender, disability, age or race. Sadly, however, many employers, managers and business owners still engage in discriminatory practices when it comes to hiring, firing, promoting and paying their workers. Some workers experience discrimination from their co-workers, rather than supervisors.
Sometimes, sexual harassment can be coworkers or managers making jokes at your expense, using inappropriate language at work or touching you without your permission. All of these kinds of harassment -- and more --can create a very hostile work environment where you simply can't thrive as an employee.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is a powerful federal agency that exists to protect your rights as an employee. Whether you are working as a wage slave in a low-paying fast food restaurant or earning a high-level salary with great bonuses at a multinational corporation, the EEOC is available to make sure your employer doesn't infringe upon your inherent rights as a worker in the United States.
If you were terminated from your job in Arizona, you may have a feeling that you were fired unfairly, but you might not know whether you have a case. Ultimately, termination scenarios need to be looked at on an individual basis to determine if the employee was fired wrongfully and has the right to seek justice in court.
There is nothing worse (as it relates to your employment) than being the victim of workplace harassment or discrimination. This can turn your life upside down in many ways.