What Is Workplace Discrimination?
Workplace discrimination occurs when an employee is treated unfairly because of their race, sex, age, religion, disability, or any other protected characteristic. Discrimination can manifest in many ways, such as harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, or unequal pay.
What Are Your Legal Rights as an Employee?
As an employee, you have legal rights to protect yourself from workplace discrimination. These rights are enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a federal agency responsible for investigating and prosecuting employment discrimination cases. The following are your legal rights in cases of workplace discrimination:
- The right to a workplace free from discrimination
- The right to be protected against retaliation for reporting discrimination
- The right to file a complaint with the EEOC
- The right to pursue legal action against the employer who discriminates against you