4 Types of Workplace Discrimination

Discrimination is defined as the unfair, unjust, or prejudicial treatment of a person on the basis of sex, gender, race, disability, age, religion, or national origin. There are a number of federal laws that protect employees from discrimination, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, the Age Discrimination Act of 1967, and Titles I and V of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, among several others. Despite these laws being in place, discrimination is still an, unfortunately, common practice in the workplace. A few common types of these discriminatory practices are listed below.

  1. Racial discrimination: Racial discrimination is the unjust or prejudicial treatment that is based on race, color, or national origin. This type of discrimination may include not hiring someone, giving someone undesirable tasks or jobs, looking someone over for promotions or certain projects, all on the basis of race. This type of treatment is dehumanizing, unacceptable, and illegal, and should be reported and stopped at all costs.
  2. Sex and gender discrimination: Sex and gender discrimination is unfair treatment on the basis of one’s sex, gender identity, and parental or pregnant status. This may involve paying an employee less because of their gender, refusing to hire someone because of their gender identity, or firing someone for becoming pregnant, among a host of other scenarios that unfairly treats employees on the basis of sex and gender.
  3. Disability discrimination: Often people with certain disabilities, such as mobility impairments, hearing loss, loss of sight, deformities, and psychological disorders, are discriminated against for their disabilities and denied employment, equal pay, or access for these reasons. Disability discrimination is often overlooked, and many employees suffer because of this. If you have been discriminated against on the basis of your disability, there are a number of laws, mandates, and organizations that can help you get justice.
  4. Age discrimination: As people age, many employers assume that they cannot keep up with their work or produce in the same way as their younger counterparts. However, this could not be farther from the truth, and older employees are equally as capable as their younger peers to engage in and produce quality work. Age discrimination is illegal and should be reported to human resources or the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission.

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If you or a loved one has been wrongfully discriminated against for any reason, legal help is available to ensure that you receive equal treatment in your place of work. Discrimination is a demeaning and unacceptable practice and often many people who are discriminated against persist and endure in such treatment without help. At Hankey Law Office, we understand how difficult it is to take the first step in getting the help you need, and we are here to help you through the legal process every step of the way. If you have any questions or would like to speak to an experienced Indianapolis Discrimination Attorney, please contact us at (317) 634-8565 today.