When we go to work, we expect to be in an environment where people respect each other. With this foundation, communication, work quality, and productivity can thrive. However, there are some workplaces that don’t treat all employees the same. While discrimination is illegal, it can still happen. When it does, legal recourse may be an option.
It can be scary to think about coming forward with a discrimination allegation. People may choose not to do it because they’re afraid of backlash, such as losing their job. However, those who have filed complaints because of discrimination are legally protected from facing discrimination when they’ve filed a charge, made a complaint, or took part in an investigation or lawsuit.
The areas where these discrimination laws apply are:
- Job Advertisements
- Background Checks
- Job Referrals
- Pre-Employment Inquiries
- Dress Code
- Job Assignments & Promotions
- Pay and Benefits
- Employment References
- Reasonable Accommodation and Religion
- Training & Apprenticeship Programs
- Terms & Conditions of Employment
- Discipline & Discharge
- Forced Resignation
With about every facet of employment protected from discrimination, you do have legal options when your rights have been violated. McMath Woods P.A. has experience with employment discrimination cases and we will fight for you.
How Can You Detect Discrimination in the Workplace?
If you’re concerned about discrimination in the workplace but aren’t sure if that’s the case, there are a few things you can do. Now that you’re familiar with the areas of employment that are protected from discrimination, you can apply that knowledge and look into everyday happenings of the workplace and its general trends.
You may find hints and signs that discrimination is occurring. Look for the following:
- Lack of Diversity. In your workplace, you may notice if most of the people are a certain age, gender, or race. If there isn’t much diversity in your workplace, there may be discrimination during the hiring process.
- Odd Interview Questions. You may get an inside look at the business’ discrimination issues from the interview. If there are questions that contain a stereotype or seem inappropriate in some other fashion, then the company probably has issues with discrimination.
- Inappropriate Jokes. Employees may overhear an inappropriate joke, or find that their coworkers make them as they become more comfortable around them. This can be a highly stressful situation because this behavior is unacceptable, but people may fall back on the excuse that they were just joking. You can make a formal complaint about people who make distasteful jokes about race, gender, religion or the other subjects protected by law.
- High Turnover Rate. If employees are constantly resigning, then many were probably not happy with the work environment. It’s not common for large amounts of people to quit over small details, so it could be because of discrimination.
- Fixed Roles. There may be a certain group of people that seem to have the manager/supervisor positions and certain groups of people are kept working under them.
- Promotion Denial. If you’ve been a hardworking employee and have the skills and experience for a certain job but are constantly overlooked, it could be because of discrimination. Another good indicator is if you’re denied the promotion but a person less qualified than you gets the position.
- Demeaning Leadership. Those in managerial positions may take a certain tone or attitude when speaking with people. This creates a hostile and toxic work environment because employees are constantly being belittled, and is also not allowed. Supervisors who discriminate and talk down to people need to be held accountable.
- Favoritism. You may notice that some workers are treated better than others. If a certain group of people have better offices, better parking spaces, or get better job assignments, it may be because the person in charge is giving them preferential treatment that’s the result of discrimination.
These aren’t the only indicators of workplace discrimination. If you believe you’ve been wrongfully discriminated against and it wasn’t on this list, you should still reach out to our lawyers in Little Rock.
Reach Out to McMath Woods P.A.
No one deserves to be discriminated against. You deserve respect and to be able to work in a healthy work environment. If you faced discrimination, we are here to help you. Our dedicated lawyers know how difficult this situation can be, but we’re ready to stand up for you.