July 13, 2024

5 Types of Workplace Discrimination You Should be Wary Of

Annually, the EEOC or the US Equal Employment Opportunity releases the types and number of workplace discrimination cases handled in the last year. This year, there may a few variations in the data and the top causes are listed below. If you face any such discrimination at workplace, get in touch with attorney Ken Phillips today.

  1. Retaliation

This was the most common cause of workplace discrimination and has been one since past 10years. This entails employer punishing an employee for standing up against discrimination at work or being a whistleblower.

The forms of retaliation may include:

  1. Firing you
  2. Reprimanding you
  3. giving you a poor evaluation
  4. Transferring you to a worse location
  5. Subjecting you to increased criticism
  6. Verbally or physically abusing you
  7. Threatening to take action against you
  8. Retaliating against your friends or family members
  9. Changing your schedule to conflict with your commitments outside of work

  1. Sex

The numbers increase day by day. This is because the increased awareness triggered by #MeToo movement. Studies claim that there has been a subtle signal that women are disrespected at work.

According to these studies women are more likely than men to:

  1. Have their judgment questioned in their area of expertise
  2. Be asked to give proof of their competence
  3. Be misunderstood as a more-junior employee
  4. Being treated in an unprofessional way
  5. Being treated badly because of being colored
  1. Disability

This entails treating someone differently, harassing them or not hiring them because of a disability. This also entails declining to make necessary accommodations for a disabled employee. The EEOC are always strict about this aspect. And the numbers are constantly rising.

  1. Race

In the top 5, race still makes it place when it comes to workplace discrimination. A study claims that six in 10 black STEM employees have faced workplace discrimination because of color. Another study claims that there were so many anti black hiring biases in the prior years just like they were in the year 1989 where white applicants received about 30 percent more calls than equally qualified African American candidates.

  1. Age

Age is still one of the factors of workplace discrimination even today. It has always been a static issue. The ADEA or Age Discrimination in Employment Act has been in place for more than half a century and the EEOC still gets cases as such even today.