What is Workplace Discrimination?
Workplace Discrimination (or Employment Discrimination) may refer to any type of discrimination based on characteristics or traits that are protected by law. This may include race, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, and/or genetic information. It typically occurs when employers, supervisors, or coworkers treat an individual or individuals differently based on one or more of these characteristics.
Workplace Discrimination in More Detail
Workplace Discrimination is prohibited by federal law. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination in employment based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 prohibits discrimination based on age, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibits discrimination based on disability.
Workplace Discrimination can take many forms, including but not limited to, denying an individual a job or promotion based on their protected characteristic, paying an employee less than his or her peers based on their protected characteristic, creating a hostile work environment based on an individual’s protected characteristic, or refusing to provide reasonable accommodations to an employee with a disability.
Workplace Discrimination is a form of illegal discrimination and should be reported to the appropriate authorities. Employers should make it a priority to create and maintain an environment free of discrimination. Employers should have clear policies and procedures in place to ensure that any form of discrimination is addressed quickly and appropriately.
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