There are several anti-discrimination laws which prohibit employers from treating their workers differently based on their attributes that are unrelated to job performance. When an employer shows prejudice behavior against an employee due to certain characteristics or background, it causes a violation of guarantees for due process and equal protection provided by the constitution of the United States.
In this dynamic business environment, workplaces have employees that come from different racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. However, a diverse environment comes up with its own challenges, a primary one of which is ensuring that employees do not feel discriminated. This can be particularly a problem when it comes to religious holidays.
The law protects a federal worker or an individual who is a job applicant from discrimination on the basis of their color, race, sex, age, religion, national origin, genetic information, or disability. The statute also provides protection to an individual from any sort of retaliation that they might face due to opposing employment discrimination, initiating a formal complaint, or playing a part in EEO grievance process provided by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
What is Employment Discrimination?
The practice of employment discrimination involves the practice of treating an individual or a group of people in a different way from other employees. According to the employment law, the discrimination could be based on an employee's affiliation within a category protected by law, as gender, age, religious affiliation, and race. If you face any type of discrimination from anyone at the workplace, then it's best to consult an employment discrimination lawyer to protect your rights.
If you have been denied an employment opportunity, benefits, a well-deserved promotion, or were fired due to your pregnancy, you can take a legal action against your employer for discrimination. Every year, thousands of cases are filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for pregnancy discrimination. In 2014, new laws in Illinois were introduced to instruct employers for making reasonable accommodations, such as breastfeeding rights, light duty, and others, for their pregnant employees.