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Warning Signs of Workplace Discrimination

Discrimination in the workplace happens every day, whether based on age, race, gender, religion, disability, or any other protected class. While some acts of discrimination are blatant, other behaviors may go under the radar.

Here are four types of warning signs of discrimination in the workplace.

Discriminatory 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:

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

Workplace 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 harassment
  • 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, such as:

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


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:

Need a California Workplace Discrimination Lawyer? Call (888) 796-4010.

If you believe you have experienced employment discrimination contact Marder Employment Law today for a free consultation. 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.

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