Is it discrimination?

On Behalf of | Nov 21, 2020 | wage and hour |

A worker facing a less-than-favorable job environment may wonder if there is something wrong with the treatment. In some cases, the worker may not fit well into the position, while in others, there is something deeper happening. 

Workplace discrimination may take many forms. Sometimes, it is difficult for a worker to spot and accept what is happening. The telltale sign of discrimination is that it makes a worker feel slighted or threatened. Discover some of the elements that signal a worker is facing a discriminatory place of business. 

Signs of discrimination

California law addresses workplace discrimination at every level. At the foundation is whether an employee has a distinction or characteristic, making him or her vulnerable to discrimination. These usually include: 

  • Gender 
  • Sexual orientation 
  • Economic status 
  • Educational background 
  • Race 
  • Ethnicity 

When a person fitting one or more of these categories experiences adverse treatment by a supervisor, it may fall qualify as discrimination. 

Examples of discrimination

Discriminatory behavior revolves around making another person feel pressure to either leave the job, take on more than another person or perform an act to remain in good standing. The most common discrimination in the workplace deals with sexual harassment. Women are especially vulnerable to this type of discrimination, as demonstrated by the #MeToo movement. Unsolicited touching, requests and photographs all add up to sexual harassment. Behind this, racial discrimination comes second. This may occur when management overlooks a person of a different race for things such as job promotions and accolades. 

Under California law, discriminatory practices may land a company in legal hot water. Understanding the basic qualifications of discriminatory behavior may help workers identify when it happens to them.