Many people know what discrimination means, however, many are often unaware of what this may look like in the workplace. With many different types of workplace discrimination, it is important to know your rights.
Here are the most common types of discrimination in the workplace today:
Age Discrimination- Employees over the age of 40 are protected under federal law from being discriminated against applicants and employees because of their age. For example, employees under the age of 40 may not be favored over employees over the age of 40.
Sex Discrimination- Sex discrimination is one of the most common workplace issues today. Employees and applicants are not allowed to be discriminated against due to their gender, and are protected under federal law. For example, an employer is not allowed to pay an employee at a different rate or refuse a promotion due to one’s sex.
Race Discrimination- Similar to sex discrimination, employers are not allowed to discriminate against and employee or applicant because of one’s race or ethnicity. For example, employers are not allowed to enact a company policy that is discriminatory to one’s race or ethnicity.
Religious Discrimination- Religious discrimination occurs when a person is being treated unfairly due to their religion, or religious beliefs. Under federal law, employers are required to provide reasonable accommodations for employees, regardless of the religion that they practice. For example, employers are required to allow employees time off for religious holidays.
Unfortunately, discrimination in the workplace does not stop there. From discrimination based on disability, to sexual orientation, there are many workplace issues that people must make themselves aware of.
If you feel that you have been a victim of discrimination in the workplace, or have experienced any other form of workplace rights violations, contact the employment attorneys at Maduff & Maduff today.