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The legal definition of discrimination

To discriminate is an action that means to make a distinction between one thing and another. Everyone, therefore, discriminates every day. For example, we may make a distinction between taking the bus and using the car, and, as a result, we may choose to use the former. In this sense, engaging in acceptable forms of discrimination is unavoidable. However, certain forms of discrimination, specifically those regarding arbitrary characteristics of people, are unacceptable and prohibited under the law.

Several laws protect members of the public from certain types of discrimination. Many of these laws protect employees. For example, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was brought into law in 1990. It means that disabled individuals are protected from discrimination in all aspects of life, including in employment.

Understanding quid pro quo sexual harassment cases

It's common for people to be put off by the phrase "quid pro quo" because they do not understand what it means. The term is a Latin phrase that directly translates to "something for something else." Its meaning is simple. It refers to any situation in which a person in power offers a certain benefit in return for some type of favor. Under the law, the phrase is used to describe situations in which this is done as an abuse of power.

Quid pro quo sexual harassment is one of the two types of sexual harassment that can occur in the workplace. If you are unsure of whether your experience constitutes a form of quid pro quo sexual harassment, it is a good idea to read common examples and to reflect on the nature of your situation.

Were you discriminated against based on age?

In theory, older individuals seeking employment or promotions are protected from discrimination by federal and often state laws. In practice, however, age discrimination still occurs with alarming regularity.

In 2016, for instance, there were 20,857 age discrimination complaints that were filed with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Woman wins $6 million in discrimination suit

Everyone should be judged on their jobs by the quality of their work. Unfortunately, in far too many instances, managerial biases and prejudices exert unfair influence over the hiring and promotional practices of a business.

Because of that, there is judicial relief available to those who were unfairly victimized by workplace discrimination. That's the option that one woman in another state utilized to win a mid-seven figure verdict in her racial discrimination suit against her employer.

Common signs of age discrimination in the workplace

Job applicants and employees should be judged by employers based purely on their merits for a specific role. This means that irrelevant factors such as age, race, national origin, gender or sexual orientation should never be considered.

While there are laws in place that protect workers from age discrimination, unfortunately, ageism is still a common issue. Those aged over 40 may find it more difficult to gain employment or progress in their careers. If you believe that you have been a victim of age discrimination at work, pay attention to some of the most common signs.

Fighting against workplace discrimination as a Muslim

Your choice of religion should never have an impact on your experiences and opportunities in the workplace. This is a right that is protected through Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Everyone has a personal standpoint when it comes to religion: They may be Muslim, Christian, agnostic or atheist. This means that, theoretically, anyone can become a victim of religious discrimination in the workplace. However, Muslims tend to have a higher probability of being subject to religious discrimination, accounting for almost 25 percent of all religious discrimination claims in 2009.

How to break through a glass ceiling at work

A glass ceiling in the workplace isn't something you can actually see. Instead, it's the invisible and difficult-to-break-down barrier that keeps individuals, such as women and minorities, from rising through the ranks of the corporate ladder.

Despite the proper qualifications, workers stuck beneath the glass ceiling find it difficult, if not impossible, to receive a promotion. Instead, these jobs are often given to co-workers with fewer qualifications and/or achievements.

Why do people bully others?

When you think of a classic bully, odds are you think of that cliche high school offender. Maybe it's someone from the football team bullying a member of the band or the chess club. Maybe it's a larger child bullying a smaller one.

While the cliches exist for a reason, there are a few things to remember. First, not all bullies fit these patterns. Don't assume they all will. Second, bullies don't magically disappear after high school. You still find them in college. You find them in the workplace. You could be 80 years old and still find people who bully others.

5 steps to take after workplace discrimination

If you feel that you've been a victim of discrimination in the workplace, it's critical to learn more about your legal rights and the steps you can take to protect them.

Despite federal and state laws in place to protect against all forms of discrimination, it still remains a problem in workplaces throughout the country.

What are the most common forms of workplace retaliation?

As an employee, you hope to work in a healthy environment at all times. Unfortunately, there are times when this isn't the case, such as if a supervisor or company owner is retaliating against you for some reason.

For example, if you report the company to a federal agency for violating the law, it could result in retaliation by your employer.

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