Dealing With Discrimination? Here's How To Tell
There are many different types of discrimination, and sadly, many of these can take place in the workplace. Discrimination at work or workplace discrimination is common, but you don't have to put up with being treated unfairly. While racial discrimination is incredibly common in the workplace, there are other types of discrimination as well, including discrimination on the basis of sex, age, religion, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marriage/ partnership, pregnancy/ maternity, and more.
It can be hard to tell if you're the victim of discrimination, especially if it's the first time something like this has happened to you in the workplace. Let's take a look at some situations that illustrate discrimination in action.
A woman becomes pregnant, and informs her employer that she'll be taking maternity leave. As her due date approaches, her supervisor lessens her duties. Over maternity leave, she's contacted by her supervisor with a message that her position has been dissolved, and there's no job for her to return to.
A man gets married, and is passed up for a promotion that requires working on the weekend. When he asks about why he was passed up for the promotion, he's told that his supervisor didn't want to take him away from his family on the weekend.
A new position opens up at work, and a woman in her 50s wants to apply. She's told that the promotion will go to someone younger, who will be with the company for a long time.
All of these situations describe discrimination, even though none of the people were told outright that they weren't being considered for a position or were being treated unfairly. If you think that you may have been discriminated against at work, it's vital that you talk with a human rights lawyer who can help you fight for your rights right away. A human rights lawyer will work with you to fully understand your position and will help you hold your ground against your employer. Reaching out to HTW Law Professional Corporation today to learn more about how we can help you navigate the unfortunate world of workplace discrimination.