Employees and those seeking employment have important protections against discrimination that they should be familiar with. Employers are prohibited from discriminating against employees in the workplace and in the application process.
Types of prohibited discrimination
Employers are prohibited from discriminating against applicants for employment and employees on the basis of race, national origin, religion or gender. Gender protections include protections against discrimination because the applicant or employee is pregnant. There are a variety of different examples of these types of discrimination such as asking inappropriate questions about race or national origin in a job interview.
Situations when discrimination is prohibited
Employers are prohibited from taking several different types of actions against applicants and employees on the basis of their race, national origin, religion, gender or pregnancy status including refusing to hire; disciplining; firing; denying training; failing to promote; paying less; demoting; or harassing.
Employment discrimination is serious and can cause an applicant or employee to lose out on a job. It is illegal for employers to take certain actions against an applicant or employee if the basis for those actions is the applicant or employee’s race, national origin, religion or gender. Disability discrimination, age discrimination and some other types of discrimination are also prohibited.
Fighting against discrimination
For those seeking a job or those worried about a job that they go to every day that supports them and their families, it is essential to be familiar with protections against discrimination in the workplace. Workplace discrimination is insidious and does not have to be tolerated. Employment laws provide important protections that workers need to be familiar with every day.