What is Discrimination in The Workplace?

September 5, 2022

Discrimination at work is when you're treated differently because you belong to a particular group. The law calls it being part of a protected class. These protected classes include ethnicity, race, age, gender, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, or religious beliefs.

Discrimination at work can occur between coworkers, employers, and employees, and with job applicants. Whether unintentional or on purpose, workplace discrimination, regardless of the person’s intention, is unlawful.

Common Forms of Discrimination in The Workplace

Various forms of discrimination can occur at work, and they are generally centered on the stated protected classes. They are protected by many state and federal laws and include the following:

If somebody at work is treating you differently because you belong to one of these classes, then you may be being discriminated against at work. What's important also is who is discriminating against you. If it's a supervisor, the supervisor is a representative of the company, and the law says that the employer is strictly liable for the supervisor's discrimination against you.

Get In Touch With Our Experienced Ventura Employment Discrimination Lawyers Today

Whether people refuse to believe or acknowledge it, discrimination is real and happening in workplaces across the country. If you have been unfairly treated because of how you come across, who you are, or how you are perceived, you have been discriminated against.

If you feel that you've been discriminated against at work, get in touch with Bamieh & De Smeth. Our experienced Ventura employment discrimination lawyers will be happy to help you. Reach us online or dial 805-643-5555 to arrange your free consultation.