The law requires employers to protect employees from any type of discrimination at the workplace. Workplace discrimination can have a negative impact on both employees and the workplace environment and it is an employee’s right to work in a discrimination-free environment.
Workplace discrimination can affect –
• Hiring and layoffs
• Wages and compensation
• Employment benefits
• Employee safety
One of the most important things in fighting workplace discrimination is to know the type of discrimination you are experiencing. If you are being discriminated against at work and you want to know about your rights and purse a workplace discrimination claim, it is a good idea to contact an experienced employment law attorney.
An employee’s workplace civil rights are protected under the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (1964). Title VII prohibits any race-based workplace discrimination and retaliation.
The most common examples of racial discrimination in the workplace include –
• derogatory or racist remarks
• not hiring or promoting because of a person’s race
• utilizing racial stereotypes
According to the ADEA or the Age Discrimination Act, employees over the age of 40 cannot be paid less, fired, or denied a job, simply because of their age. If an employee’s wages are cut or reduced or they are replaced by a younger employee, due to their age, it is considered age discrimination and is illegal.
The law protects all employees against gender discrimination, including gender-based hiring, promotions, and layoffs. For example, if male and female employees receive different salaries in the same job and with comparable experience and skills, it would be termed gender discrimination.
Gender-based discrimination may result in –
• monetary consequences
• insults and criticisms
• setback to the employee’s confidence and productivity
• emotional and psychological turmoil.
According to the 1963 Equal Pay Act (EPA), both men and women doing the same work should be paid the same.
If an employee is defined by physical or mental disability rather than their ability to do a job, it is referred to as disability discrimination.
Disability discrimination may include being specifically overlooked during hiring due to a disability. As a disabled employee, you have the right to request a work space that accommodates your disability, for example, essential equipment, translators, handicap accessible facilities, and modified work schedules.
If you suspect you are a victim of any kind of discrimination at the workplace, it is time to consult a workplace discrimination lawyer.
To learn more, consult one of the leading workplace discrimination, wrongful termination, employment and harassment lawyers in Phoenix, AZ at Chahbazi Law PLLC or call 602-282-5868 Now! Attorney Meenoo Chahbazi uses her extensive experience and passion for employment equality to represent Arizona employees in a wide range of employment matters.