The workplace is meant to be a place of fair opportunity. When that opportunity is jeopardized by something outside of your control such as age, sex, or disability, it constitutes discrimination in the workplace. Discrimination by and large is not permitted under California or federal law. Here are the three most common types of discrimination and how they are defined.
Discrimination due to an individual’s age is unlawful and should be reported to the appropriate authorities. The laws about age discrimination only apply to individuals age 40 or over. If you are denied a promotion, forced to retire, or otherwise discriminated against for your age, you have a case against your employer.
Discrimination Based on Sex
California and federal law prohibit discrimination based on sex, or gender. While this may seem straightforward, it really isn’t. There are more than one gender, and there are different ways to express gender. You cannot be discriminated against in any way for identifying as or expressing yourself as your gender, even if it is not the sex you were assigned at birth.
Another type of discrimination that happens in the workplace is disability discrimination. Employers are required to treat employees with disabilities the same as other employees, with a few exceptions. Employers must provide a reasonable accommodation if your disability makes performing your tasks difficult or impossible without such accommodation.
The signs of discrimination are not always immediately apparent. Most discrimination is very subtle because the employer is trying to protect themselves. If you feel you may be a target or victim of any type of discrimination in the workplace, contact our offices right away. We can help you report the incident to the authorities and seek financial compensation. Contact us today for your free consultation.