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
Other Employment Law FAQs:
- Am I entitled to overtime pay?
- Are there any restrictions on what an employer can ask me during a job interview?
- Can I get fired for reporting sexual harassment to my employer?
- Can my employer legitimately deduct anything from my paycheck?
- Can temps file discrimination lawsuits?
- How and when do you file an unlawful retaliation lawsuit?
- How do I recognize on-the-job discrimination?
- How is illegal retaliation defined?
- How to Report Sexual Harassment at Work?
- I am scared to report sexual harassment because I fear that I will be retaliated against by my employer. What should I do?
- Is my employer responsible if I am sexually harassed at a company-sponsored event outside of working hours?
- My employer yelled and cursed at me. Can I sue him or her for harassment?
- What are my rights regarding breaks and meal periods?
- What are the federal and state laws and regulations which provide legal protections for employees?
- What are the time limits for filing a sexual harassment claim?
- What can I do if I see my co-worker being sexually harassed? Can I file a suit against it?
- What is an “at will” work state?
- What proof of discrimination at work do I need to include in a discrimination complaint?
- What qualifies as sexual harassment at work?
- What should I do if I was sexually harassed?