Signs of Employment Discrimination

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August 21, 2023

Employment discrimination harms employees, but it can be difficult to identify and call out. In fact, discrimination on the job often stays below the radar, and even those affected aren’t always sure that what they’re experiencing is actually discrimination. There are signs of discrimination that may help you better understand your own situation, and if you believe you’re the victim of discrimination at work, you shouldn’t wait to consult with an experienced California discrimination attorney

If You’re Asked Questions that Strike You as Inappropriate during the Interview

You don’t even need to be hired to experience workplace discrimination. If the person who is interviewing you asks questions like any of the following, it spells trouble:

  • Questions about your age – especially if you are at least 40
  • Questions about your marital status
  • Questions about a mental or physical disability

Further, if the interviewer makes remarks about your age, such as in relation to your tech abilities, or makes assumptions about your sexuality or gender identity, they’re crossing legal lines.

If You’re Treated Harshly or Are Demeaned

All employees are entitled to be treated with respect. If your employer or coworkers make offensive jokes or comments that are relative to you being a member of any protected class, it’s a sign of discrimination. The list of classes that are protected is extensive, but a few primary examples include:

  • The employee’s sex or sexual orientation
  • The employee’s gender, gender expression, or gender identity
  • The employee’s race, skin color, religion, ancestry, or country of origin
  • The employee’s age – if at least 40
  • The employee’s physical or mental disability

Lack of Diversity in the Workforce

If the workforce at your place of employment lacks diversity, it may be a sign that discriminatory practices are at play. Employers who embrace diversity tend to foster positive work environments that value their employees for their unique skills and experience – rather than hiring them based on personal biases.

Unequal Pay

If you do virtually the same work that another employee does, you should receive equal pay as long as all the following apply:

  • You exert the same degree of effort
  • You have the same skill level.
  • You accept the same level of responsibility. 
  • You do your job under the same or similar work conditions.

If you’re not being paid the same amount under these circumstances, you may have an equal pay claim.

Unjust Promotions

If you’ve put in the work but are being overlooked for promotions – while others at your level are being promoted – it can be a form of discrimination. When it comes to promotions, the playing field should be level – and employees who are deserving should be first up. If you’ve been passed over for promotion by someone who is less qualified, it’s time to take action.

Discuss Your Legal Options with an Experienced California Discrimination Attorney Today

If you’ve been discriminated against on the job, the focused California discrimination attorneys at Olivier & Schreiber PC are on your side and have the legal skill and experience to help. Learn more by contacting us today.




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