Signs that you have been discriminated against at work

On Behalf of | May 3, 2021 | Employment law

Workplace discrimination is surprisingly elusive. While you may know in your gut that you were discriminated against by an employer or coworker, you will need to provide concrete evidence or examples of situations that you can back up that are a clear example of workplace discrimination under the law.

There are several characteristics that are protected from discrimination in the workplace. It is prohibited to discriminate against an employee or prospective employee because of their race, nationality, disability, gender, religion, sexual preference or pregnancy. The following is an overview of some signs that you have been discriminated against in the workplace.

You’re asked inappropriate questions during the hiring process

Employers are legally prohibited from asking certain types of discriminatory questions in job interviews. For example, the person interviewing is not permitted to ask a woman their marital status or if they intend to become pregnant in the future. Questions about your religion, sexual preference, race or disability are a sign that the employer is discriminating against candidates.

Work is unfairly assigned

If you are noticing that certain portions of the workforce are being given better assignments and opportunities, this could be a sign of discrimination, and it should be easy for you to prove it. For example, if your employer is always giving the male employees in your company the most exciting and progressive tasks while leaving the administrative work to the women, this is not equal treatment and could be perceived to be actively discriminatory.

Unequal pay

The Equal Pay Act is in place to enforce the requirement of equal pay for equal work in any given workplace. For example, if you and another worker have the exact same role, experience level, and performance results, but you are not paid equally and are of different races, you may conclude that this is racial discrimination and take legal action.

Make sure that you do not tolerate any type of discrimination in the workplace. If you believe that you are being discriminated against, consider taking legal action.