Acknowledging Discrimination In The Workplace

Discrimination is prohibited any aspect of the workplace, regardless of whether it occurs during the hiring process, in regards to promotions, or in the event of termination of employment. In fact, there are federal and state laws that protect employees or potential employees from discrimination of any sort.

However, there may be occasions when employers may not recognize that they are violating any discrimination rules. And regardless of whether these violations are inadvertent or not, employment discrimination can be demonstrated in many different ways.

Age Discrimination 

When applicants and employees are over the age of 40, they are protected by the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), prohibiting an employer from discriminating against them on the basis of age, including while hiring, terminating, or with any other terms of employment.

Sex Discrimination

One of the most common types of employment discrimination cases today is sex discrimination. When an applicant or employee is treated unfairly during any point of their employment, due to their sex, this is considered sex discrimination. This typically occurs during promotions or during the hiring process.

Race Discrimination

When an applicant or employee is treated unfavorably due to his or her race, or has been harassed due to their race, then they are a victim of race discrimination. From denial of overtime or bonuses, to wrongful termination, race discrimination can come in a variety of forms.

Disability Discrimination

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects all disabled employees from discrimination based on their disability. If these employees are treated unfairly, have been denied accommodations, or have been harassed due to their disability, then they have a case for disability discrimination.


In the event an employer takes action against an employee, whether it be for filing an employment discrimination claim, or the employee has acted as a whistleblower, and retaliates or terminates one’s employment, then they are a victim of retaliation. These claims usually consist of negative acts with things such as hiring, firing, change in pay, promotions, demotions, or other unnecessary or unexplainable changes in terms of their employment.

The employment attorneys at Maduff & Maduff have been specializing in discrimination, wage and overtime theft, and civil rights for more than 20 years. Contact us with any of your employment law needs today.