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Different forms of workplace discrimination

Californian workers have certain protections under the law that disallows them from being discriminated against. However, discrimination can come in many different forms and may be difficult to identify.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) takes a look at the various types of discrimination that are disallowed under national law, which is enforced by EEOC. This may include discrimination due to:

  • Disabilities one may suffer from
  • A person's age
  • Genetic information
  • Race or national origin
  • Religion
  • Sex

Additionally, pregnant women are protected under the law and cannot be targets of discrimination. Some of the most typical types of discrimination stem from racism, sexism, nationalism and ableism. The discriminatory actions against these protected classes can take many different forms.

According to Merriam Webster's dictionary, fair employment means workers are employed without segregation or discrimination in accordance with the aforementioned categories. That doesn't mean discrimination is nonexistent, however. Protected groups are routinely targeted by the unfair practices of biased employers. Some examples can include situations like an employer intentionally holding someone back from a promotion, paying them less than what they should reasonably be making for their experience and job description, or creating workplace segregation. Under fair employment, actions like this are considered illegal.

Everyone deserves a workplace in which they feel welcome and like they are making a fair amount of money for the amount of work and expertise they bring to the table. Anyone who feels like this isn't the case for them may wish to contact an attorney to look into compensation options.

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