How to Tell If You are Being Discriminated Against at Work
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How to Tell If You are Being Discriminated Against at Work

Discrimination in the workplace should not be tolerated. People can be discriminated against due to their sex, race, age, and much more. Though there are times when discrimination is blatantly obvious, there are many times when it is not. In fact, some people are very good at discriminating against someone in a way that others may miss.

If you are struggling to figure out if you are being discriminated against at work, here are some things to look for.

  • You can be discriminated against during your interview. You may feel like some of the questions that they ask are discriminatory. They can’t ask you questions about your sex, age, marital status, and other things. It is important to remember that, if you feel discriminated at during the interview, they will likely continue to do it once you are hired.
  • One potential side effect of discrimination is that you don’t see many people like you. If you are the only woman or black man on a team, there is a chance that others have left due to discrimination. This is not always true but you may want to think carefully before taking a job where you are going to be the only person like yourself.
  • The most common type of discrimination is when your employers or coworkers speak to you harshly on a regular basis. They may demand that you do something instead of asking you nicely. You may notice that they talk to you differently than the other people that you work with.
  • You may feel like they treat you worse than some of the other employees. You may be the one who gets in trouble when something goes wrong, even if you weren’t the one who did anything.
  • Many people don’t realize it but discriminatory jokes can be considered discrimination. There are many jokes that revolve around stereotypes and these can really upset people, especially if they make them around you.
  • You are assigned to projects that nobody else is interested in doing. Every job has tasks that everyone avoids and if you find yourself getting assigned to them on a regular basis, you could consider it discrimination. You may also be assigned to projects that are almost impossible (if not impossible) to complete.
  • Many people feel discriminated against when others get a promotion that they deserved. Some employers choose someone less qualified when it comes time to promote in the business because they don’t want to promote you because of who you are.
  • You feel like you were given an excuse when you were terminated. They can’t come right out and say that you were let go because of who you are. If you feel this way, you are going to have to find a way to prove that they fired you because of your age, sex, religion, race, or anything else that could be considered discrimination.

Discrimination is a serious offense. If you feel like you are treated worse than some of the other employees, you may have a case. However, that is not the only way to be discriminated against. If your employer and other employees make jokes that make you uncomfortable, you might have a case. You may also get assigned to the jobs that nobody else wants to do or lose a promotion to someone who just isn’t as qualified as you. You may also be fired unfairly.   

If you need a lawyer because of how you are being treated at your place of employment, don’t hesitate to contact us. We would be glad to discuss your case with you and figure out how you want to move forward. Please watch this short video for more information.