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Workplace Discrimination Archives

Workplace discrimination regulations extend to hiring

Workplace discrimination can begin long before someone gets into the workplace. It too often keeps people out. That's why there are laws regarding what kind of information employers can request during the pre-employment process.

'Microaggressions' in the workplace can take their toll

Often, workplace discrimination isn't as blatant as someone using an ethnic slur or telling someone they aren't qualified for a job because of their race, gender, age or disability. Many employees -- particularly women, people of color, and LGBTQ and disabled people -- are subject to what are called "microagressions" on a regular basis.

Workplace discrimination against gays and lesbians is illegal

The justices of the Supreme Court of the United States entered a ruling on the 1964 Civil Rights Act Title VII on June 15. The high court panel ruled 6-3 that any discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ) workers is unlawful. The panel decided that federal guidelines that refer to 'sex' discrimination being illegal should extend to cover a person's "gender identity" or "sexual orientation."

Are New Jersey employers required to practice affirmative action?

New Jersey (NJ) affirmative action laws have long been in place to protect different workers' rights to equal representation in the workforce. Private and public employers are required to uphold different policies though.

One-time events may not be harassment

Discrimination often takes the form of harassment in the workplace. It can center around your religion, gender, age or some other characteristics. Discrimination can also mean getting fired, overlooked for promotions or otherwise seeing your career get held back. However, much of the day-to-day discrimination that employees face is just harassment.

What's considered to be disability discrimination on the job?

Each year, countless disabled employees are discriminated against on the job by either their colleagues or supervisors. Many of these workers feel justified in continuing to discriminate against others because they've never been told that their actions are wrong. This often happens because disabled individuals aren't exactly sure of the civil rights that they've been afforded under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. This federal law outlines what's considered to be disability discrimination.

Asking for preferred candidates is a type of discrimination

Workplace discrimination often feels like it is targeted directly at you, specifically because you stand out from the crowd in some way. Maybe you're the only woman in a male-dominated workforce, for instance, or perhaps you're a fresh college graduate in a workplace where everyone is 50 years old and older.

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