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2 types of discrimination that have nothing to do with race

When most people think of discrimination, they immediately think of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the fight against racial discrimination of all forms. However, the civil rights movement of the 1960s benefited many other categories of people and employees - in addition to minority racial groups - when it comes to anti-workplace discrimination law.

Here are five types of unlawful workplace discrimination that don't have anything to do with race:

Age discrimination

The so-called "gray ceiling" exists in many work settings, and this invisible barrier prevents people who are 40 years of age and older from gaining traction at their jobs. It might even prevent them from getting a job in the first place. Nevertheless, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act protects all workers who are 40-plus years of age from this kind of mistreatment.

Gender discrimination

Just because someone is a man or woman does not mean that the individual will be more or less capable of doing a job. Even in physically laborious careers, U.S. employers cannot select men for certain jobs over women during the hiring process. Furthermore, women have the right to receive equal pay for the same work performed as their male colleagues and coworkers.

United States federal law protects workers from most kinds of unfair employment discrimination. Do you feel that you have received less pay, lost a job opportunity, been terminated, harassed or suffered from any other kind of mistreatment at work because of your protected status? It's important to investigate your legal rights and options immediately. You might have the right to pursue financial compensation in court.

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