How do I recognize on-the-job discrimination?

Federal and state laws make it illegal to discriminate against someone for belonging to a particular category or group of people, known as a protected class status. The following are examples of situations that could point to discrimination in the workplace:

  • Unfair allocation of duties, such as unfairly or disproportionately assigning duties to one ethnic group, sex or people of another protected class status
  • Preferential or unfair treatment negatively affecting people of a particular protected class status
  • Discrepancy between promotion procedures, such as only promoting men and excluding women
  • Harassment, such as ongoing offensive remarks or behavior directed at a particular person or group of people for belonging to a different protected class status

Other indicators that you have been subject to on-the-job discrimination are that you have been subject to the following actions because you belong to a protected class status:

  • Verbal or physical abuse, including violent threats by your employer or coworkers
  • Unfair discipline at work
  • Receiving negative performance reviews
  • Exclusion from meetings
  • Being denied training
  • Being denied a promotion or raise
  • Being denied benefits
  • Increased workload
  • Sudden change of shifts or decrease in hours
  • Cyber bullying by your employer or coworkers

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