You have worked hard throughout your career. As a result, you expect your employer to reward your hard work with fair pay and advancement opportunities. This is especially true if your manager has promised you a promotion.
Workplace discrimination continues to be a serious problem in California and across the country. In fact, according to NASDAQ, 55% of workers in the U.S. claim to have experienced it. If your boss has denied you a promotion, your situation might constitute illegal workplace discrimination.
Discrimination in career advancement is illegal
Many individuals falsely believe that discrimination only involves failing to hire or illegally discharging workers. This is not the case, though.
Indeed, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, any unfair treatment because of your race, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity might be discriminatory. This includes denying your career advancement.
Evidence makes a big difference
As you may suspect, proving workplace discrimination can be challenging, as your employer is likely to have a different version of events. Collecting comprehensive evidence about your mistreatment can make a big difference. The following types of evidence are particularly useful:
- Your personal evidence, such as any comments your employer has made to you
- Your employer’s evidence, such as the company’s history of promoting workers
- Comparative evidence, such as the qualifications of the person your employer promoted over you
Even though proving a workplace discrimination claim can be difficult, it is often far from impossible. Ultimately, if you have the right evidence, you are likely to succeed with your discrimination complaint.