Workplace discrimination can cripple even dedicated employees and prevent them from realizing their career goals. In fact, you may be a victim yourself and just haven’t realized it. Here are some signs you should not ignore, as mentioned in the Illinois Human Rights Act:
You Receive Comments On Your Gender
Some ill-timed remarks from colleagues may be harmless, but not ones that take a dig at your gender. For example, if you are constantly belittled because you are a female colleague, you have grounds to file a harassment complaint. If it does not stop, even after you file a complaint, you can hire an attorney and file a lawsuit against your employer for his/her failure to prevent it.
You Are Pressurized At Work Because Of Pregnancy
You are not obligated to tell your supervisor or boss you are pregnant – unless it interferes with your ability to do your job. You don’t even have to offer detailed medical information about your condition and if you are pressurized to do so, you have grounds to lodge a formal complaint. This type of harassment falls under pregnancy discrimination.
You Are Denied Promotions
Some employees are denied promotions based on their gender, race, disability, and any other thing employers think may compromise your job capabilities. For example, if you are denied projects that can allow you to prove your worth to your employers – even though you have the ability to complete them, you have grounds for complaint. An attorney can help you gather critical evidence to make a sound case.
Your Workplace Lacks Diversity
Demographic realities among workforce members are taken for granted in certain industries, despite attempts to resolve them. As such, employers in said industries may show discriminatory behavior among their employees based on race, religion, gender, disability, etc. A workplace that does not have a diverse employee pool may point to this.
Spotting workplace discrimination is not difficult but some signs, like the ones mentioned, can be difficult to notice. If you believe you are a victim of discrimination in the workplace, you should get in touch with an attorney at the Law Office of Michael T. Smith as soon as possible. We understand you are angry, frustrated, scared and feel violated by the people and organization you have come to trust. We are relentless when it comes to taking large and private employers to task, especially those who think they are above the law. Get in touch with us today for a consultation in Schaumburg, Illinois.