If you are reading this article, it is likely that you have at one time experienced discrimination in your workplace. More than likely, the perpetrator was your boss. Discrimination can take many forms and each type is unique. An Austin employment discrimination attorney can help you determine the best course of action for your case. All kinds of workplace discrimination are illegal and punishable by law, but some types are more prevalent than others.
Here are some of the most common discrimination that takes place in the workplace.
Gender discrimination usually takes place in a workplace that practices different treatment of workers depending on their gender. Such discrimination happens especially when hiring new employees. The employer may prefer to employ male candidates than female ones. In some cases, women employees may also be discriminated against in promotions, overtime, training, and compensation.
Age discrimination can happen when you are being discriminated against because of your age. There are cases when employees older than forty are not promoted because the employers think they will retire soon and therefore need to hire a younger person who is willing to invest more time in the promotion. Apart from promotion, age discrimination may also happen in terms of hiring new employees or giving out benefits like bonuses or sick leave.
Racial discrimination can happen when you are being discriminated against because of your race. This happens when the workplace is predominantly occupied by white people and occasionally by black, Asian, and Latino employees. Other forms of racial discrimination include not being assigned to social groups and getting lower performances, benefits, and promotions that are not proportional to the company’s payrolls for specific jobs.
Religious discrimination can happen when you are discriminated against because of your religion. This happens when the workplace is predominantly occupied by one specific religion, like Hindus or Jews, or as a result of other religious preferences expressed by the employer to job seekers.
National origin discrimination
National origin discrimination can happen when you are being discriminated against because of your nationality or ethnicity. This happens when the workplace is predominantly occupied by people of your country or ethnicity, and occasionally by foreigners. For example, in some countries, one’s national origin may prevent him or her from getting a job as well as certain benefits like sick leave and promotions.