Types of Workplace Discrimination

The United States has come very far over the last hundred years in terms of combating and eradicating discrimination in the workplace. However, it is still a very unfortunate reality that plagues the workday of millions of hard working Americans everyday.

There are many different ways in which someone can be discriminated against at work. However, no amount or form of workplace discrimination is acceptable or legal. Many people fail to realize that certain behaviors would even qualify as illegal workplace discrimination which also contributes to the problem. Here are different types of workplace discrimination that are held to be illegal in the United States:

  • Racial
  • Gender
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Ethnicity
  • Nationality
  • Religion
  • Disability

In most cases, it will be an employer that transgresses some level of discrimination against their employees based upon any of this criteria. That discrimination can be presented in a number of different ways from ugly comments or jokes to withholding raises or even firing someone.

If you have been discriminated against at work or if you have noticed that someone else is experiencing any level of discrimination based on the above listed criteria, it is very important to come forward and blow the whistle on that person. Of course, approaching an employer about discrimination issues can be uncomfortable and may have you feeling a sense of fear of retaliation. Therefore, the best thing you can do is to consult with a discrimination attorney. A discrimination attorney is a great resource to assist you in evaluating your case and any damages you have incurred as a result of workplace discrimination. 

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