Discrimination in the Workplace Can Be Detrimental
Nobody should have to worry about being discriminated against when they go to work each day. Unfortunately, workplace discrimination still exists despite the many state and federal laws in place to prevent it from occurring. What many people do not understand is that those who face workplace discrimination usually cannot simply leave their jobs to go in search of a new one. A person working paycheck-to-paycheck cannot afford it, so they are faced with a tough choice – leave and possibly not pay their bills or stay and be subjected to the humiliation that discrimination can bring.
Nobody should have to suffer workplace discrimination. To better understand what this can look like, we want to go over what kind of discrimination is against the law in the state and what you can do about it.
What Does It Look Like?
All fifty states and the federal government have laws regarding the illegality of workplace discrimination, but not all states are the same. Some have more protections than others. When people hear the term “workplace discrimination” they usually only think about race and gender. However, the problem goes beyond that and both the US Congress and the Arizona Legislature recognize many protected categories:
- Pregnancy status
- Race and color
- Genetic information
- Sexual orientation
- Disability (physical or mental)
- Religion or creed
- Age (40 years or over)
Why these categories?
Because history has shown us that people in those groups have faced significant hardships in the workplace. We know that those hardships have not disappeared with time. Many people in these categories have a hard time simply finding work in the first place.
When they do get hired, they often face many barriers. This can include:
- Being placed into lower paying jobs
- Being forced to work in unsafe conditions
- A denial of promotions or raises
The problems go much deeper than that, though. Discrimination takes a significant emotional and psychological toll on a person. They often face quiet or outright intimidation, threats, innuendo, and more. Many businesses and agencies allow for this discrimination, not by actively promoting it, but by choosing to ignore it altogether.
Your Options Moving Forward
Many people put up with workplace discrimination because they have no other choice. They want to put food on the table for their families. In many cases, people think that reporting the discriminatory behavior will make the situation worse. They may even get fired.
In the state of Arizona, you can file a complaint through the Civil Right Division of the Arizona Office of the Attorney General if you feel your civil rights have been violated through discrimination. However, you need to keep in mind that you must file your complaint within 180 days of the incident. That time varies for some areas of discrimination, so please speak with your attorney to ensure you are within the appropriate time frame.
The thought of standing up for your rights and taking on an employer, or ex-employer, can be intimidating. We want you to know that if you are still employed in an environment that is discriminating against you, we will work to make sure that discrimination is stopped. Then, we will work to secure compensation for the following:
- back pay
- reinstatement (of you have been terminated)
- promotion if it is due
- legal fees and court costs
- pain and suffering damages
- punitive damages
Find a qualified Arizona employment attorney who will be by your side in this fight against injustice. It is time to take control of the situation.
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