When you are at work, you have the right to be able to do your job in an appropriate and professional work environment. You should not have to tolerate inappropriate treatment, such as discrimination, while you are trying to do your job. Discrimination in any form is unacceptable, and if you are a victim, you do not have to stay silent. You can speak out, fight for better treatment and hold your Louisiana employer accountable for what you experienced.
There is a difference between annoying behaviors and behavior that genuinely qualifies as discriminatory. It may be in your interests to know what counts as discrimination and what you can do if you experience this type of treatment in your workplace. This behavior comes in various forms, and some are more apparent than others. Regardless of the details of your individual situation, you have the right to stand up to discrimination in any form.
Types of discrimination you could experience at work
Discrimination includes anything that treats a person differently or negatively as a result of factors such as gender, sexual identify, religion, disability, age and more. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission offers protection from discrimination to American workers, and in addition to being reprehensible, discriminatory treatment is also illegal. Some of the most common types of discrimination you could experience while you are at work include:
- Verbal or physical harassment from co-workers, managers and others involved with your work
- Unfair treatment from others in your place of work or from your management
- Denial of a reasonable accommodation you requested for a disability or an important change you need in order to do your job well.
- Improper questions about your medical information or genetic information
- Retaliation because you reported discrimination or assisted with a discrimination claim
You may not be sure that what you are experiencing counts as discrimination, but you can take steps to find out and learn about your potential legal options. A careful look at your situation, your work environment and other factors can determine if you can move forward with a discrimination claim against your employer. It may be appropriate for you to seek compensation for your mental duress, emotional trauma and other damages you experienced as a result of workplace discrimination.