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Warning Signs of Workplace Discrimination

Warning Signs of Workplace Discrimination

No one wants to work in a hostile environment, and the law is designed to keep employees protected from such behavior. However, discrimination in the workplace happens every day. While some acts of discrimination are blatant, other behaviors may go under the radar. Here are some red flags to look out for.

Hiring Practices

Employers who engage in unfair hiring practices aren’t going to do so in the light and will often be subtle. If you have been discriminated against you must prove the following:

  • You are part of a protected class.
  • You met all the qualifications for the position in which you applied.
  • You did not receive a job offer.
  • The employer hired a less qualified applicant.

Harassment

You have the right to work in a safe environment without fear of harassment. Unfortunately, harassing behavior in the workplace happens more than you may think. Types of workplace harassment may include:

  • Physical harassment.
  • Bullying — including cyberbullying.
  • Discriminatory.
  • Psychological harassment — this may include belittling or condescending remarks.
  • Sexual harassment.
  • 3rd party harassment — harassment from suppliers, vendors or customers.

Unfair Treatment

The law requires employers to foster an equal-opportunity workplace. Unfortunately, even under the law, some employees may experience unequal treatment. Here are some red flags:

  • Being passed over for a deserved promotion.
  • Favoring one gender over another.
  • Your work assignments are being ignored.
  • Unrealistic workloads and deadlines.

Retaliation

California is an “at will” state, and your employer can terminate your employment at any time, without an explanation, but that doesn’t mean they can let you go for just any reason. An employer can not terminate or retaliate against an employee for the following actions:

  • Making a complaint about workplace discrimination.
  • Making a complaint about any type of harassment.
  • Refusing to engage in illegal activities.
  • Serving in the armed forces reserves.
  • Requesting overtime pay or any other additional benefits.

Why You Need an Attorney

Proving workplace harassment can be a stressful and daunting task — especially if you are unfamiliar with employment law. Facing unfair treatment, retaliation or harassment can only compound stress levels at work. An experienced employment lawyer can guide you through the process of proving discrimination in your case. If you believe you’ve been a victim of workplace discrimination, contact Marder Employment Law at (888) 796-4010 today for a free consultation.
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