No matter what your external appearance looks like – black, white, Asian, Latino, male or female – you've probably experienced some form of discrimination in life. Perhaps that discrimination was as simple as someone not wanting to be your friend because of the color of your skin. Or, maybe you were denied a job opportunity because you were a woman seeking a job in a male-dominated industry. Whatever happened regarding your discriminatory event, it probably didn't feel good.
When this kind of discrimination happens on the job, it doesn't just feel bad, but it also hurts you financially and it can ruin your career trajectory. Most people know that they are protected under federal law from this kind of on-the-job discrimination as it relates to gender and race, but the following types of discrimination are also unlawful:
The Americans with Disability Act (ADA) protects workers with disabilities from losing job opportunities, receiving unequal pay, being harassed and other mistreatment on the job. Workers with disabilities must also receive reasonable accommodations at work to help them do their jobs.
National origin discrimination
Throughout the history of the United States, certain individuals have lost job opportunities because they were from a certain area of the world. This kind of employment discrimination has since been banned.
Americans have the right to worship as they please, and they have the freedom to believe and practice their religion of choice. Furthermore, just because someone adheres to a certain faith does not mean that an employer can deny them opportunities based on that religion. Religious discrimination at work is unlawful under U.S. anti-discrimination statutes.
If you're facing work-related discrimination, it's time to act fast to defend your rights. You may be able to hold your discriminating employer financially liable for the harm that you endured.