Discrimination in the workplace in Dallas, TX and everywhere else in the country is an unfortunate part of everyday work life. Human beings aren’t robots and they often let their emotions and prejudices make them say or do things that infringe on the rights of others. If you are a business owner and you want to learn more about doing your part to avoid or prevent discrimination in the workplace in Dallas, TX, talk to an attorney before issues arise. If you are an employee who has experienced discrimination on the job, it’s also important for you to talk to an attorney to find out the steps you should take to seek redress.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission identifies and enforces laws relating to twelve types of workplace discrimination:
- Age Discrimination is the unfair treatment of an employee or job applicant based on his age. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) forbids age discrimination but only for those 40 or older.
- Disability Discrimination happens when an employer covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, or the Rehabilitation Act, as amended, treats an employee or job applicant unfavorably because he has a history of disability or he is believed to have a mental or physical impairment that isn’t transitory or minor.
- Equal Pay/Compensation Discrimination is covered by the Equal Pay Act, which essentially says that men and women doing substantially the same work must be paid the same salary, bonuses, overtime pay, profit sharing, stock options and more.
- Genetic Information Discrimination is unfavorable treatment of an employee or applicant based on genetic information, like the results of genetic testing, family medical history and the use of genetic counseling. This type of discrimination is illegal under Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA).
- Harassment Discrimination is severe and pervasive conduct that creates a hostile or intimidating work environment. It involves harassment based on a variety of factors including race, religion, sex, age and disability.
- National Origin Discrimination involves the unfavorable treatment of employees or job applicants based on their country of origin, their ethnicity or their accent.
- Pregnancy Discrimination involves treating a female employee unfairly based on pregnancy, childbirth or any medical conditions arising from pregnancy or childbirth.
- Race/Color Discrimination arises when an employee is treated unfairly because of their skin color or other characteristics associated with specific races like hair texture and facial features.
- Religion Discrimination is the unfavorable treatment of an employee based on his religious beliefs, even for those who hold non-traditional religious, ethical or moral beliefs.
- Retaliation Discrimination is harassment of an employee who has previously filed a discrimination complaint against an employer.
- Sex Discrimination is the unfavorable treatment of an employee based on their sex or their gender identity, including transgender status.
- Sexual Harassment Discrimination is discrimination that includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or even offensive remarks about a person’s sex.
For help with any questions about discrimination in the workplace in Dallas, TX, call us at Simon | Paschal at (972) 893-9340 to make an appointment for a consultation. You can also visit us online at www.simonpaschal.com to learn more about our attorneys and our services.
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