Workplace discrimination is not a new thing. It has been in existence for a long period and the major part of America is affected by this issue. There are stringent laws that proactively discourage such practices, even though these acts are openly practiced. So, if you think that somehow you’ve been a victim of discrimination, don’t hold back. Report this issue and drag your employer into a legal trial. Take necessary precautions, follow the right process because filing a lawsuit against your employer is not an easy task. And, without a good civil lawyer, you don’t even stand a chance to defend yourself in the trial.
According to the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
- 91,503 cases of workplace discrimination were registered in the year 2016.
- 32309 cases were of discrimination based on race which accounts for 35.3% of the total workplace discrimination cases.
- Moving further, sex-based discrimination topped the list after race-based discrimination and the total number of cases registered were 26,934, which accounted for 29.4% of discrimination cases.
- Things don’t stop here, 9,840 cases which account for 10.8% discrimination cases were registered for discrimination based on national origin.
- Even religion isn’t spared at the workplace. Religion based discrimination account for a whopping 4.2% which is 3,825 cases registered
- 20,857 cases of workplace discrimination accounting for 22.8% were based on age and 28073 cases resulting in 7% of the total discrimination cases registered in 2016 were based on disability.
- Last but not the least, 1075 cases were registered based on the allegation of violation of equal pay act, and this is close to 1.2% of all workplace discrimination cases.
How would you identify if your boss is discriminating without?
- Unfair behavior from the management: In certain organizations, specific jobs are reserved for people from specific gender, age, religion, or race to be precise. The unfair distribution of opportunities within an office is ethically wrong and the law prohibits that completely. The common example which saw in multiple offices, the unequal distribution of opportunities among female employees.
- Any kind of harassment: The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission strictly declares any kind of harassment, be it sexual, mental, or emotional as purely illegal and wrong. Also, if someone found committing such practices, shall be liable to face the punishment following proper judicial proceedings.
- Discrimination in the promotion: How would you feel if you’re expecting a promotion to a higher post and you know you have done a lot of hard work to qualify the eligibility but suddenly, someone else who doesn’t even deserves it gets the promotion. Promotion, like every other field, should be based on merit and talent, not on gender or racial superiority.
- Perceptible variance in treatment: If you feel that your managers or those who’re senior to you in terms of position are behaving differently in a bad way compared to your colleagues. You have to know that this is completely discrimination and you shouldn’t keep mum to this.