Most of our readers in Southern California know that, despite the advances we have made as a society to protect workers from harmful situations at work, discrimination is still common. But, how can you identify discrimination in the workplace?
Workplace discrimination in California
For starters, as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission notes in their written materials on this topic, it is important to understand what “discrimination” is. In short, discrimination is when a person is treated differently than others, for some reason. So, what are some examples of discrimination that might occur in workplaces in California?
Perhaps the most well-known instances of workplace discrimination occur because of race or gender. However, there are other types of discrimination as well. For example, workers in California may face discrimination based on their national origin or the religion they practice. Or, they may face discrimination because of a mental or physical disability, or even because they are pregnant. Age is another reason as well. As our readers can see, there is no shortage in the different forms discrimination can take.
Discrimination in practice comes when a worker, for example, is denied a job due to one of the above-listed factors, or perhaps even fired from a job. Harassment or some other type of unfair treatment in the workplace might occur too. Workers could even experience retaliation from their employers based on one of the factors listed above. When discrimination in the workplace occurs, workers need to protect their rights. At our law firm, we do our best to help workers who find themselves in need of an assessment of their legal rights.