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Discrimination against remote workers

On Behalf of | Jan 19, 2023 | Employee Rights, Wrongful Termination |

Everyone has the right to feel comfortable at work and do what they are good at and enjoy doing without fear. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Employers discriminate against employees for several reasons: their race, skin color, level of education, where they were born, and whether they were born into a very wealthy family or a family who struggled to keep the lights on.

Working from home is a new work setup that became the norm only after the spread of COVID-19. Unfortunately, it has become a reason certain employers discriminate against employees. Whether it is because the employer has control issues or simply does not like the employee, their choices or their background, employers use tactics, whatever reasons they can find, to justify their position, as illegal as it may be.

Productivity

Even though the above has nothing to do with an employee’s performance, sometimes these are the motivation behind an employer. Sometimes, despite their intention, it costs managers and companies significant resources and their reputations.

Studies have shown that people who work remotely either meet or exceed their goals more frequently than people who work in an office. Therefore, unless it is a truthful case of underperformance, it is often used to discriminate against employees, even the best ones.

How is this done?

Discrimination can be covert. Employers can use excuses to try to get rid of employees, such as:

  • Altering an employee’s records
  • Making false claims and lying about the employee
  • Trying to make the employee’s work environment as difficult as possible so they will quit.

Sometimes it is due to jealousy, power plays, or simply pure evil. Unfortunately, this exists in the real world, and employees must be aware of the signs. If you sense that your employer is trying to manipulate you, it is possible that you are correct.

They can be making subtle hints, behaving anything other than professionally or trying to lead you inappropriately, which is unacceptable behavior in the workplace.

Make sure you document everything and give it to the best employment lawyer you can find.