In our last blog post we introduced the bare basics of workplace discrimination. In part one of this series, we shared information on the definition of workplace discrimination, as well as federal discrimination laws and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Today, we continue our multiple post series by establishing a handful of the ways in which workplace discrimination can take place.
As discussed previously, discrimination is any unjust or unfair treatment of an individual or group of people due to an aspect of their personal life. Any discrimination within the workplace is punishable by law and protected by various pieces of legislation including the Equal Pay Act, Civil Rights Act, Title VII, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Here are three of the many ways an employee can be discriminated against in the workplace:
1. Age: The age of an individual is not indicative of their ability to complete work related tasks. It is highly illegal to be fired, not hired or kept from specific tasks due to an applicant or employee’s age.
2. Disability: The American’s with Disabilities Act protects individuals with both long and short term disabilities in the workplace. This form of discrimination occurs when an employer or coworker treats an individual with a disability as though they are less favorable or less capable because of their disability or condition. This includes, but is not limited to, offensive remarks or the denial of proper accommodations.
3. Equal Pay: This seems like an obvious idea to many and yet it is still a common occurrence in the workplace. The Equal Pay Act was put into action to prevent the obvious discrimination against men or women in the workplace who are not being compensated equally based on their gender. Pay based discrimination can include not only wages or salary, but benefits, stock options, travel accommodations and anything else associated with the position in question. If an employee’s current position is the same content-based work as another individual and they are receiving a higher wage, it may be time to investigate the possibility of discrimination.
These three common types of discrimination are simply the tip of the iceberg when it comes to understanding discrimination in a professional workplace. Be sure to check back next week for part 3 of this series as we continue to uncover the various ways in which an employee can be discriminated against, while also answering some frequently asked discrimination-based questions.
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