Inconveniences happen in a workplace. Perhaps two people call off on a busy day or the timing of an annual vacation falls during the busiest time of the year. It’s inconvenient for your boss or coworkers if you’re out of the office regardless of when you are, but that doesn’t mean that you don’t have a right to take time off.
As most people realize, there is more to life than the workplace. Your workplace may have people there that you like, and you may love your job, but work isn’t your life or who you are. You may need to go to a doctor’s appointment in the middle of the work day or call off because your child has come down with a flu. Those kinds of issues are normal and common. You shouldn’t face discrimination because of them.
Your employer’s motivation makes a difference
It’s worth noting that inconvenience discrimination isn’t a recognized term, but it is very real. What makes it illegal is when an employer retaliates against you for time you’ve taken off or because they dislike you for some other, protected reason. For example, if you have stated that you can’t work mornings because you have morning sickness during pregnancy, you should be moved to a more reasonable shift when that’s possible. If your employer goes out of their way to force you onto a schedule in the morning hours, then they could be participating in pregnancy discrimination and inconveniencing you out of spite.
What should you do if you’re facing harassment, discrimination or other problems at work?
If you are facing discrimination on the job or believe you’re being retaliated against because of your needs as a protected worker, you may be able to make a claim against your employer.
If you have problems in the workplace, the first thing to do is to talk to your human resources team. Keep good documentation about what has happened and discuss options for correcting the issues you’re dealing with. If the company is not receptive, then you may consider looking into your legal options to move forward with a discrimination claim.