State and federal laws strictly prohibit discrimination in the workplace. But unfortunately, many employees in California still experience unfair or unequal treatment based on specific characteristics.
To better understand the various types of discrimination that exist in the workplace, let’s take a look at each type.
Racial discrimination exists at work as well as in society. This is so common that the EEOC (U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) has reported that more than a third of the reported claims have been based on racial discrimination. This type of discrimination can be seen at work frequently. For example, certain races may receive fewer job offers, be exposed to offensive comments and insults, and even be unfairly fired.
Sexual Orientation Discrimination
Often, people are discriminated against due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. For this reason, many members of the LGBTQ+ community feel insecure at work, suffer humiliating insults, and are even denied the possibility of a promotion.
Gender discrimination occurs when you are treated differently because of your gender and are unfortunately often seen at work. Anyone can be affected, but it is seen more often in women. For example, they may not be hired or receive deserved promotions. This type of discrimination is based on stereotypes and the belief that each gender has certain roles.
This type of discrimination occurs when someone makes assumptions about a person with a disability and their ability to do the job.
The California Fair Employment and Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act protect people from discrimination based on mental and physical disability.
Pregnancy discrimination happens when an employer treats a woman unfavorably at work because she is pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or has medical problems related to pregnancy or childbirth.
It is illegal under federal and state law to discriminate against someone because of their religious beliefs. Some examples could be prohibiting the wearing of religious clothing or being punished for requesting the day to celebrate a religious event.
At Aiman-Smith & Marcy, we represent victims of discrimination in the workplace. We will fight for your legal rights and seek compensation for lost wages or benefits, pain and suffering, and any other applicable damages.