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All employees and future employees are entitled to equal treatment in the workforce. This means employees should be free from all forms of employment discrimination when it comes to their relationship with an employer or superior. Employers are bound by federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination in the workplace.

According to anti-discrimination laws, employers may not discriminate against persons based on what is called a "protected class" or "protected category". Protected classes include an employee's: race, religion, national origin, sex, age, familial status (i.e., having children), disability, and veteran status. Some jurisdictions also prohibit discrimination based on gender and/or sexual orientation.

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So for example, if an employer does not hire a person because they are a certain age or because they belong to a certain religion, it could be considered employment discrimination. The employee or candidate might then be entitled to file a discrimination lawsuit in court. They may be able to recover losses such as lost wages or benefits. Read more

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In addition, employers are prohibited from discriminating during every phase of employment. Employers may not discriminate when it comes to: recruitment, interviews, hiring, training, compensation, benefits, vacation, medical care, termination, retirement, and hiring. If at any point the employee feels that they have been discriminated against, they should file a complaint with their employer.

Some examples of situations that may be tell-tale signs of discrimination include: groups of persons being repeatedly denied promotions or benefits; the employer consistently singles out a class of persons for preferential treatment; or the employer has a history of promoting one group of people over the other. On the one hand, a history of discrimination may be useful as evidence in support of a claim; however, a single incident of discrimination is enough to satisfy a claim.

Finally, an employer is also prohibited from firing an employee because they reported an instance of discrimination. This is known as "retaliatory discharge" and is prohibited by employment laws. Employers must provide their employees with safe avenues for reporting misconduct without fear of being fired.

Discrimination lawsuits are handled by employment law attorneys. An employment lawyer can help a worker file a complaint against their employer or other employees who have discriminated against them. There are several remedies available to victims of employment discrimination, including monetary compensation and recovering lost wages.


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