How to Identify Workplace Discrimination

Workplace discrimination is never acceptable. When any form of discrimination raises its ugly head in work setting, victims can feel embarrassed, alone and maybe even frustrated. What can make matters worse is:

  • Being afraid to speak up out of fear that an employer may retaliate against the victim.
  • Not knowing what to do or where to turn in order to halt the discrimination and hold perpetrator(s) accountable.

To shed some light on these issues and empower victims, the following presents facts about how to identify workplace discrimination and what to do after it occurs.

How Workplace Discrimination Common Occurs

How to Identify Workplace Discrimination

The ways in which workplace discrimination can arise can vary, with some of the more common instances including (but not being limited to):

  • Firing, laying off or demoting workers based on their personal characteristics and features (rather than work performance-related factors)
  • Paying people in the same positions different rates based on personal characteristics (and not performance factors)
  • Denying workers benefits, overlooking them for promotions and/or giving them negative performance reviews due to their personal characteristics (rather than their performance at work)
  • Assigning certain workers to less favorable duties as a result of their personal features (rather than their skills and abilities to carry out a job).

Types of Workplace Discrimination

Workplace discrimination can take many forms, with some of the most common forms including:

  • Age discrimination (impacting workers who are 40 and older)
  • Racial or ethnic discrimination
  • Gender or sexual orientation discrimination
  • Pregnancy discrimination
  • Religious discrimination.

What to Do If You’re the Target of Workplace Discrimination

  1. Keep a log in which you record each discriminatory incident. Be sure to note when and where each incident occurred, as well as what happened and who the alleged perpetrator was.
  2. Keep any evidence of discrimination you may have, such as (but not limited to) performance reviews, emails, company memos, etc.
  3. Record the names of any witnesses to any discriminatory event.
  4. Report every instance to the proper party at your workplace (no matter how “minor” you believe the incident may be); this can be central to establishing a pattern.
  5. Contact a lawyer to find out more about your rights and options for justice.

Contact the Pueblo Lawyers at Gradisar, Trechter, Ripperger & Roth

If you believe you have been subjected to any form of workplace discrimination, it’s time to contact the Pueblo lawyers at Gradisar, Trechter, Ripperger & Roth. We are ready to help you stand up for justice while providing you with superior, effective representation. Experienced and respected, our Pueblo lawyers can help you secure the justice and financial recoveries to which you may be entitled.

To learn more about how we can help you, call us at (719) 556- 8844 or email us using the contact form on this page.

From our offices based in Pueblo, we represent clients in Trinidad, La Jara, Lamar, Walsenburg, Alamosa and throughout the state of Colorado.

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