Employment discrimination laws prohibit your employer from discriminating against you because of your age, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, a pregnancy, or a disability or perceived disability.
If you believe that you are being treated differently or harassed because you are in one of these protected classes, then you may be a victim of employment discrimination.
Employers cannot discriminate against employees in matters involving:
- hiring and firing;
- promotion, demotion or transfer;
- assignment or classification of employees;
- layoff, reduction in force (RIF) or forced retirement;
- job advertisements and recruitment;
- use of company facilities;
- training and apprenticeship programs;
- retirement plans, health/medical and fringe benefits; or
- disability leave and severance.
It is important to be aware that discrimination claims are not normally based on conduct that is open and obvious. More frequently, employment discrimination is covered up and hidden. In addition, you should be aware that the law does not generally protect employees from a mean or difficult boss, however unfair that may seem. You must be in a protected class when the conduct occurs and the conduct must be serious enough to have an adverse effect on you. It may be sensible for you to obtain legal advice when the conduct first occurs so that all the rights and remedies available to you under the law can be secured.
You should also be aware of the fact that your employer is prohibited from retaliating against you for reporting employment discrimination, filing a lawsuit due to discrimination or for participating in an investigation of such discrimination. For that reason, you should not be afraid to contact an attorney or to pursue the protection of the law.
If you believe that you are being treated unfairly or harassed at work because of your age, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, a pregnancy, or a disability or perceived disability, you should know that laws exist to protect you from unlawful discrimination or harassment, and you may be entitled to compensation.
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