Have you suffered discrimination in the workplace? Has your employer consistently discriminated against you during your time working in your current job? Have you constantly encountered poor treatment in the workplace? Has your employer failed to address any incidents of discrimination against you or other employees? If you have suffered workplace discrimination, you might have grounds to take action against your employer.
Discrimination, unfortunately, continues to be a major issue in the workplace. Employees are targeted for specific personal characteristics and are treated differently because of these characteristics. Some of the most common types of discrimination include discrimination based on the following: race, disability, sex, age, national origin, religion, color, and genetic information for example. Other forms of discrimination include discrimination based on gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition, military status, and ancestry. Employees could also encounter discrimination after trying to exercise some of their basic rights as employees or trying to report the discrimination that they are suffering; they could face adverse treatments or employment decisions in retaliation.
Whatever the specific details of your situation, you must remember one thing – you have rights. You have rights as an employee both on the state and federal level. There are a number of employment laws that protect you and all other employees. These laws make it illegal for employers to treat their employee’s discriminately. These laws also make it illegal for employers to make any employment decisions (such as decisions to demote or fire, for example) based on any personal characteristics that are protected by law.
Unfortunately, many employees do not know how to identify the discrimination that they are suffering. In some cases, their employers, managers, or coworkers are quick to find excuses for the discriminatory treatment. Consider some of the following common examples of discrimination:
- An employer does not provide you with the same work opportunities as your other coworkers because of the color of your skin.
- An employer treats you unfavorably because of your age in comparison to the rest of his or her employees.
- An employer constantly makes jokes surrounding your gender and says you can’t handle some aspects of your job because of your sex.
What are some of the most common excuses when it comes to discrimination? Many people argue that the inappropriate, insensitive, and discriminatory jokes/comments are harmless and meant to be fun. Others blame incidents simply on bad days or bad moods. Regardless of the reasoning or excuses given for the discriminatory treatment you are experiencing, you must remember the following: if the discrimination is severe and pervasive enough to create a hostile work environment, you must take action as soon as possible.
Taking Action against Your Employer
When it comes to taking action against discrimination in the workplace, victimized employees have options. There are federal and state employment agencies that are available for any employees who have suffered workplace discrimination. In addition to filing charges against employers through federal and state agencies, victimized employees also have the option of pursuing a civil lawsuit. If their lawsuits are successful, employees who have suffered workplace discrimination could be eligible to receive compensation (some of the categories often available for compensation include lost income, lost benefits, pain/suffering, and punitive damages, for example). Are you ready to file a charge or file a lawsuit against your employer? If so, you must seek legal assistance as soon as possible.
You must contact California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group at your earliest convenience. Our employment attorneys are ready to handle your claim and provide you with the guidance that you need to reach a successful outcome. To schedule a free consultation or free second opinion, do not hesitate to contact our law firm and request to speak with our employment attorneys.
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