Common Forms of Employment Discrimination

April 21, 2022 in News | MARTIN WREN, P.C. | LEAVE A COMMENT

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Unfortunately, employment discrimination still occurs in this day and age. All employees deserve to go into a workplace where they feel safe and respected, but that does not always happen. If you are the victim of discrimination at work, it is important to speak up. Here are the most common forms of employment discrimination.

Disability Discrimination
The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits employers from discriminating against employees based on their disability. However, that does not mean that some employers still don’t try to get away with it. One of the most common forms of disability discrimination is refusing to provide reasonable accommodations, like adjusting a desk height or providing flexible work hours.

Religious Discrimination
It is also against the law to discriminate against an employee for his or her religious beliefs. Religious discrimination may include harassing employees about their religion, retaliating against employees for taking off religious holidays and forbidding employees from wearing religious clothes.

Race Discrimination
Many claims reported to the EEOC every year are for racial discrimination. Some employees are still discriminated against based on their race alone. They may deal with harassment and inappropriate jokes, get denied promotions or even face wrongful termination.

Gender Discrimination
Gender discrimination takes place when you are treated unfairly due to your gender. For example, if male employees at your company always get promoted over you, despite having similar qualifications, you may be facing gender discriminations. Although women have made great strides in the workforce in recent decades, gender discrimination still exists.

Age Discrimination
Age discrimination refers to discriminating against those who are 40 years old and still occurs in the workplace these days. Older workers tend to have a more difficult time getting hired than their younger counterparts. Employers may think that they have to pay older workers a lot more and hire younger workers to save money. Older workers may also feel pressure to retire earlier.

Pregnancy Discrimination
Just as the name suggests, pregnancy discrimination refers to discrimination against pregnant and new mothers. Employers may refuse to hire women if they are pregnant or plan to become pregnant in the near future. Some employers may also retaliate against pregnant women who want to take a leave of absence or refuse to provide accommodations when they return to work.

If you’re facing discrimination at work, contact an employment discrimination lawyer, like one from Disparti Law Group.

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