However, that does not stop it from happening each day, whether based on age, race, gender, religion, disability, or any other protected class.
The most common type of discrimination in the workplace is harassment, which can create hurtful and illegal circumstances that make it impossible for the employees or group of employees to do their jobs.
Here are some of the most common warning signs of workplace discrimination in California.
What are the Most Common Types of Workplace Discrimination & Harassment?
All California employees have the right to work in a safe environment without fear of harassment. When those employees belong to a protected class, the harassment can become illegal in two ways, adding discrimination to the list.
The most common signs of discrimination through harassment may include, but are not limited to:
- Physical harassment, including bullying
- Psychological harassment, including condescending remarks or belittling behavior
- Sexual harassment, including that committed by supervisors, coworkers, suppliers, vendors, or customers
- Unfair promotion practices, including equally or more qualified workers in specific groups being overlooked for promotions
- Being disciplined for the same actions that are overlooked by other coworkers
- Unequal discipline in the workplace
- Demotion or firing while bypassing common disciplinary procedures
Since all California employers know that discrimination and harassment are illegal in the workplace, they will often create scenarios that will allow them to insulate themselves from punishment. That could include using California’s at-will employment state status, which allows the employer to terminate employment at any time, without an explanation.
However, an employer cannot terminate or retaliate against an employee for making a complaint about workplace discrimination or any type of harassment.
If you believe your employer is fostering discriminatory or harassing workplace conditions, you have rights, and the skilled California employment law attorney at the Leichter Law Firm, APC, can help ensure they are protected.
Contact the Leichter Law Firm, APC Discrimination and Harassment Lawyer in Los Angeles
Aryeh Leichter, the Leichter Law Firm, APC founder and discrimination and harassment attorney in Los Angeles County, can help you pursue your employer for their unlawful behavior, starting with a free consultation by calling 818-915-6624 or contacting the firm online today.