Discrimination can come in many different forms. One common form of discrimination that United States law protects against is workplace discrimination.
Workplace discrimination occurs when a member of a protected class faces discrimination because of their status as a minority, a woman, a person with a disability, etc. Discrimination in the workplace can take many forms. It might be harassment that leads to a hostile work environment. Or, it might be the inability to get hired for a job that you are qualified for, wrongful termination from your job, or something else. In this section, I will discuss some common forms of workplace discrimination.
Rejection of Application
There are many reasons why a person might not get hired when they interview for a position. Some of those reasons have nothing to do with discrimination or issues within the office. You might not be qualified for the job or you might not be a good fit for the office. These are reasonable factors that go into a denial of a job application. However, if you feel that you are fully qualified for the job and there should not be any issue in hiring you, discrimination could be a factor in the company’s decision. If this is the case, you could have a workplace discrimination case. Check out this section to learn more about rejected applications.
It is human nature to get along with some people over others. This can lead to favoritism. Favoritism in the workplace is not altogether illegal. However, if favoritism is a result of a person’s prejudices, this could have a negative impact on a work environment. When favoritism turns into discrimination, it can lead to legal issues. Please read our page about favoritism in the workplace for more information.
Workplace harassment can have a significant impact on the victim as well as the work environment. Remember that you do not have to go through harassment at work. There are laws in place that can protect you from discrimination and harassment. You can learn more about harassment situations in the workplace in this section.
Employees have contracts with their companies. This contract generally outlines the expectations that the company has for the employee. The contract also outlines employee entitlements and rights. Sometimes, termination from the job can result in a breach of the employee contract. If this occurs, the employee can take legal action. You can learn more about wrongful termination and breach of contract in this section.
If after reading through these sections you still have questions, please contact my office. I can review your case with you and help with your work discrimination issues.