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What does discrimination at work look like?

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Workplace discrimination is quite common. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a total of 89,385 discrimination charges were filed in 2015.

Many victims of work discrimination have the same question: Is what I am experiencing considered discrimination?

It can be difficult to make that determination, and ultimately, every case is different. It is often helpful for victims to discuss their situation with an attorney who focuses on discrimination and employment law. And it can be helpful for victims to understand what type of behavior often constitutes a workplace discrimination claim.

Examples of Workplace Discrimination

What does discrimination at work look like? Here are some examples:

  • Paying an employee less because his or her race
  • Making inappropriate jokes or comments about an individual's skin color or race-related features
  • Treating a disabled employee unfairly or failing to make reasonable accommodations
  • Refusing to hire an employee because he or she is close to retirement age
  • Refusing to promote a well qualified female employee because she is pregnant
  • Refusing to hire a female employee for a typically male-dominated position (such as construction or law enforcement)
  • Making inappropriate comments to an employee who is transitioning to a different gender
  • Retaliating against an employee for wearing religious clothing, such as a hijab

These are just a few examples of behavior that may constitute an employment discrimination claim.

It is important to remember that the law protects workers against discrimination at work. It is illegal for an employer to discriminate against an employee on the basis of age, race, sexual orientation, pregnancy, disability, association with a disabled relative or co-worker, medical condition, religion, or national origin.

If you are experiencing discrimination at work, you need to be aware of your legal protections and options.

An attorney from Bononi Law Group, LLP, can review your case in a free consultation, and help you determine a course of legal action. Simply complete our online contact form to schedule a time to talk.

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