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Discrimination is treating someone less favorably because of the groups, classes, or categories they belong to. In the context of employment, discrimination is illegal when it is based on someone’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, or genetic information.

Employers may not treat you unfairly or harass you due to these “protected characteristics.” If you get fired, demoted, paid less, or passed over for a job because of your race or gender, for example, your employer is violating state and federal law. You owe it to yourself to hold your employer accountable – and you can even recover the money you missed out on by filing a discrimination lawsuit.

Our Marietta discrimination attorneys at Busch, Reed, Jones & Leeper, P.C. can help. We have more than 150 years of combined experience to dedicate to your case.

To learn more about what our firm can do for you, please call us at (770) 629-0154 and schedule a free consultation today.

What Are the Types of Employment Discrimination?

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the most common types of employment discrimination include race and color discrimination, national origin discrimination, sex discrimination, religious discrimination, military status discrimination, and retaliation. Sex discrimination includes gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy. Age discrimination is also on the rise, but it only applies to people over 40.

Other terms for these types of discrimination may include racism, xenophobia, and sexism, all of which have no place in the workplace.

If an employer refuses to hire you, discharges (fires) you, fails to promote you, harasses you, or discriminates against you with respect to any other term, condition, or privilege of employment due to your race, color, national origin, sex, religion, or military status, you should speak up.

Federal law protects you from retaliation, so an employer may not take adverse action against you for speaking out against discriminatory employment practices.

If you are discriminated against or punished for speaking out, our Marietta discrimination lawyers are here for you.

What Are Some Examples of Discrimination?

Discrimination can take place in job advertisements, recruitment, application and hiring, assignments and promotions, pay and benefits, discipline and discharge, and referrals and references. It can also occur when employers fail to provide reasonable accommodations, create discriminatory terms and conditions of employment, ask inappropriate questions, and enforce unfair dress codes.

Some examples of discrimination include:

  • Publishing a job advertisement that favors certain applicants or discourages applicants from applying due to their protected characteristics. (For example, a help-wanted ad seeks females or recent college graduates).
  • Relying on word-of-mouth recruitment that results in all new hires belonging to a particular group, class, or category of people.
  • Basing hiring decisions on stereotypes and assumptions about a particular group, class, or category of people.
  • Requiring only certain applicants to take tests, complete background checks, or meet certain employment requirements.
  • Giving preference to certain employees when making shift assignments.
  • Keeping certain employees away from customers.
  • Failing to promote a woman because she is pregnant.
  • Paying women less than men.
  • Disciplining 2 employees differently because they are of different races.
  • Favoring older employees in layoffs.
  • Failing to refer an employee, refusing to give a reference, or giving a negative or false employment reference because of someone’s race, color, religion sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information.
  • Forcing an employee to work on a religious holiday when another employee could easily cover their shift.

To prevent discrimination, all of the above (and many others) are prohibited employment policies and practices.

Workplace harassment is also illegal.

Facing Discrimination at Work?

If you are facing discrimination at work, rest assured that state and federal laws exist to protect you. Do not hesitate to report the discrimination to your employer or file a charge of employment discrimination with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

You can also file a civil lawsuit to hold your employer accountable for their wrongdoing and recover the opportunities you missed.

For more information about your rights and legal options, look no further than Busch, Reed, Jones & Leeper, P.C. As a broad-stroke litigation firm, we have in-depth knowledge of complex areas of the law and insights on how to plan and protect your future.

We also offer big city experience with small town prices, so do not hesitate to call us at (770) 629-0154 or send us a message onlinetoday – and don’t forget to schedule your free consultation.

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