5 Common Causes of Discrimination Claims
Federal regulations protect all employees from discrimination based on a range of different factors, the most prominent being race, gender, disability, national origin, and religion. In very few cases are employment decisions based on any of these factors considered to be legitimate, and they are typically grounds for legal action. These prohibited activities are especially relevant for federal employees, whose employers aren’t also governed by state laws which might alter some aspects of these federal regulations.
Discrimination in the workplace can occur in almost any form. However, a number of different types of discrimination represent the majority of workplace discrimination claims. These include:
- Hostile work environment – if an employee is subjected to constant harassment, teasing, or other unwelcome activities based on factors such as race or religion, it may be considered discrimination.
- Refusal to hire – while this can be difficult to prove, an employer who refuses to hire an employee based on any prohibited factor is in violation of the law.
- Failure to provide accommodations – a form of discrimination unique to disabled individuals, employers who refuse to reasonably accommodate a disabled employee or job applicant’s needs may be prosecuted for workplace discrimination.
- Pay inequity – employers are barred from paying employees differently for the same type of work based on any prohibited factors.
- Refusal to promote – if an employee who would otherwise be given promotion is refused because of factors such as race or disability, they may be able to pursue legal action against their employer.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of workplace discrimination by a federal employer, then contact the federal employment lawyers of the Vaughn Law Firm at 877-615-9495 to learn more about what you can do to stop this unjust and illegal behavior.