I think my workplace is discriminating against me: What are types of employment discrimination?
It is an impressive feat to land a job in a field you love and hope to make a career of, and it is something not everyone is able to do. It is also exciting to know you are capable of accomplishing the goals you set out to do.
Unfortunately, there are still situations employees find themselves in — even at jobs they love — where they are made to feel inferior, uncomfortable or unwanted. Those feelings may stem from discrimination in the workplace, which comes in many forms and can be outright or even concealed.
It is essential that you, an employee, understands the various types of employment discrimination and what you can do if you feel you have been discriminated against. Here is a list of types of discrimination that are illegal by New Jersey law:
It is illegal for your employer to discriminate against you or any other employees because of any of the aforementioned items. This could mean your boss excludes certain employees when recruiting potential workers because they are too old (age discrimination).
Another example of employment discrimination would be if your boss paid another employee equally-qualified as you a higher salary because of the color of your skin (race discrimination).
Also, not allowing an employee to take leave due to pregnancy is a form of discrimination in the workplace.
When you have been discriminated against it is tough to find the strength to file a complaint. It is important that you do not undervalue yourself and do not make excuses to convince yourself that your employer is in the right.
Furthermore, it is illegal for an employer to retaliate against you if you have filed a discrimination complaint. Keep that in mind when deciding to move forward with an employment discrimination complaint.
Also keep in mind, that it can be tough to prove that you have been discriminated against on any of the aforementioned issues. You should have a knowledgeable attorney in your corner to help you build the strongest possible case. Contact New Jersey employment lawyers at Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza PC by email or phone to begin discussing your case today.
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