5 Common Signs of Workplace Discrimination

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Workers are protected from workplace discrimination by federal and state laws. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from discriminating based on :

  • Race
  • Color
  • National origin
  • Sex (including pregnancy)
  • Disability
  • Age
  • Sexual orientation
  • Religion.

Every year, thousands of workers file discrimination claims despite strict laws prohibiting employers from discrimination. To file a workplace discrimination claim, workers must provide evidence that their workplace displays discriminatory behavior. Our California employment law attorneys have put together common signs of workplace discrimination.

#1: A Higher Than Normal Turnover Rate

An unusually high turnover rate may occur at workplaces that display discriminatory behavior. There might be many reasons employees leave jobs quickly, but discrimination might be one of them. Discriminated workers tend to seek new employment rather than seek legal counsel. However, individuals should be aware of their legal rights.

#2: Lack of Diversity

The lack of diversity among employees is often a sign of workplace discrimination. The environment can prove discriminatory behavior if it is the same race, gender, age, or sexual orientation. Employers are prohibited from considering these protected classes during the hiring process.

#3: Fixed Job Roles

The presence of only one gender occupying management positions while the other is restricted to secretarial roles could indicate discrimination in your workplace. This is especially noteworthy if the non-managerial position qualifies for promotion but has never been given one.

#4: Denial of Promotions

You could be discriminated against if you possess the skills and experience needed to fill a higher-level position but have consistently been passed over. This is especially true if you have shown interest in the new position, but it has gone to another candidate who is not as qualified as you. Additionally, if you have been promised a promotion but never received one, this could also be workplace discrimination.

#5: Disciplinary Action Against One Group

If your workplace regularly disciplines only employees of a specific protected class, this is cause for concern. If the disciplinary action is unwarranted or done in a harsher way than it would be for another employee, this is discrimination.

These are only a few examples of workplace discrimination. If you have been the victim of workplace discrimination, it is crucial to seek legal counsel immediately. An experienced employment law attorney can help you gather evidence and build a strong case against your employer.

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