Employee Discrimination in the Workplace

Steps to take when facing harassment and unfair treatment.

You could be the victim of employee discrimination if you receive less favorable treatment than
others in your workplace because of a legally protected characteristic, such as your skin color or
religion. Discrimination also occurs when everyone receives the same treatment, but certain
policies have a disparate negative impact on members of a protected class, race, or ethnicity. If
you’re affected by unfair treatment or policies at your place of employment, discrimination in
the workplace lawyers can help you determine whether you have a case.

Types of Workplace Discrimination

The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission protects workers against a few
different types of discrimination:

  • Disparate (unfair) treatment because of a protected characteristic, which may include
    age over 40, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy
    status, sex, religion, color, or race
  • Harassment based one of these protected characteristics that creates a hostile work
    environment, whether the person perpetrating the harassment is another employee, a
    supervisor, or someone else at your workplace like a vendor, customer, or contractor
  • Questions about personal information, such as medical or genetic details
  • Refusal to approve reasonable accommodation you have requested because of a
    disability or religion, such as a schedule change
  • Retaliation against you after you made a complaint about harassment or discrimination
    at work or helped with this type of investigation

Discrimination in the workplace lawyers note that some types of harassment are obvious, such
as the ongoing use of inappropriate sexual or racial language. However, it can be difficult to
detect more subtle discriminatory actions. For example, a supervisor could quietly remove you
from projects and pass you over for interesting opportunities.

Actions to Take in the Face of Discrimination

Although you might feel powerless when harassment affects your ability to do your job,
discrimination in the workplace lawyers help people like you find justice. When discrimination
occurs, record the circumstances in writing with complete details, including the date and time.
You can email yourself an electronic copy to create a dated record. If possible, take videos and
photos that document evidence of the harassment. Keep everything in a safe place, and be sure
to make copies.

Before filing a lawsuit, you should follow your company’s internal procedures for making a
complaint. As discrimination in the workplace lawyers, we advise that skipping this step could
jeopardize your case. However, consulting Dallas employment attorneys throughout the
process will provide the guidance you need to move forward with confidence.

The Rogge Dunn Group is the home of your trusted employment attorney in Dallas. Learn more
about our reputation as knowledgeable discrimination in the workplace lawyers who can help
you with cases involving illegal employee harassment.

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