Workplace discrimination comes in many forms. It can be subtle, manifesting itself through off-hand remarks about specific groups or overt, manifesting as a workplace where individuals of a certain race or gender do not feel safe. In any case, discrimination in the workplace is illegal. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 details the “protected classes” against which discrimination is illegal. This and other anti-discrimination laws are protected and enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
If you are experiencing discrimination in your workplace, work with an experienced employment lawyer to take action against your employer. You have the right to work in an environment free of discrimination and the fear of retaliation for speaking up about it.
The protected classes named in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act are as follows:
Many states, including Illinois, have additional protected classes included in state-level anti-discrimination laws. These protected classes include sexual orientation and gender identity.
Discrimination in the workplace can take many forms. A few examples of discrimination that can occur in the workplace include:
If you feel you are a victim of discrimination in your workplace, take note of every instance of discrimination that occurs. You cannot simply claim you are a discrimination victim without having evidence to support the claim. When you have evidence to support your claim, speak with your supervisor about your experience. If he or she cannot resolve the problem, speak with your company’s Human Resources department. Take note of every interaction you have with each of these parties. If your company will not resolve the problem internally, speak with an experienced employment lawyer about working with the EEOC to pursue a discrimination claim.
If you have experienced discrimination in your workplace or witnessed it happening to one or more of your colleagues, speak with an experienced employment lawyer about your options for taking action with the EEOC. Contact The Law Offices of Mitchell A. Kline today to schedule your free legal consultation with a member of our team.