Even though job discrimination has been outlawed for decades, it still occurs. Reporting incidents, filing lawsuits, and exposing discriminatory practices are the only ways to put a stop to workplace discrimination. Most businesses are concerned with the bottom line and will only cease discriminating when large judgments and settlements make discrimination prohibitively expensive. Speak to an employment lawyer immediately if you have faced discrimination in the workplace.
It is well known that racial discrimination exists in both society and the workplace. Racial discrimination is so pervasive that it accounts for over one-third of all EEOC allegations yearly. Certain minority groups are commonly disregarded at all stages of employment; they are not hired, mentored, promoted, subjected to rigorous and unfair inspection, and, in some cases, wrongfully terminated – especially when they protest. According to one estimate, racial prejudice has cost the US economy $16 trillion over the last 20 years.
Even while the Civil Rights Act has protected minorities from racial discrimination since the 1960s, race-based discrimination remains a prominent element in the modern workplace.
Discrimination based on disability has become one of the most popular discrimination cases filed with the EEOC. 2019, for example, disability discrimination or failure to accommodate a handicap was cited in one-third of all discrimination lawsuits. Discrimination might take the shape of preconceptions about a disabled person’s capacity to do the job, blatant antagonism, or unjust practices (for example, so-called “no-fault attendance policies”) that disproportionately affect disabled workers.
For over 20 years, the Americans with Disabilities Act has protected employees with impairments, and some state laws offer even stronger rights for impaired workers.
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Discrimination against pregnant or new moms is known as pregnancy discrimination. Some employers will not hire a woman if she is pregnant or intends to become pregnant. Other businesses use pregnancy as a reason to penalize or fire their staff. Employers may also terminate positions or refuse to offer leave to pregnant staff. Employers are sometimes unaware of their need to give leave or punish women who exercise their right to leave.
Pregnancy discrimination can also manifest as prejudice towards new moms who return to work and require accommodations to nurse or pump. These accommodations are available to new moms.
No woman should have to choose between her employment and her children, and the law does not force her to do so: you have the right to an environment free of discrimination and retribution.
If you ever face or witness discrimination in the workplace, it is important to take a stand against it. Contact an employment lawyer immediately.