Discrimination on the job is illegal, and it not only harms the employees who are discriminated against but can also lead to a toxic work environment. When employees witness discrimination in the workplace, taking appropriate action is always well advised, and an experienced California discrimination attorney can help.
Discrimination at work amounts to singling employees out based on some protected characteristic and treating them differently as a result. When other employees witness this discrimination, they often fear (quite reasonably) that reporting the matter can lead to retaliation (or being singled out themselves). When employers are willing to discriminate against employees, it is not a stretch to think they might also strike back against employees who report the matter. It is important to note, however, that – just as there are strong state and federal laws against discrimination, there are strong laws against retaliation, and dedicated discrimination attorneys are well equipped to skillfully protect the legal rights of employees who pay the price for reporting discrimination.
Discrimination is not always a straightforward matter – with clearly defined parameters. In fact, discrimination can take many different forms and can be quite bold or very subtle, but it always harms those caught those employees caught up in it – and should be rooted out. In the State of California, all the following are deemed protected characteristics and can lead to discrimination claims:
Discrimination in any of these categories is against the law, and employees who witness such discrimination are encouraged to report it – for the sake of the employees who are discriminated against and for the greater good.
As mentioned, discrimination can take many forms and is not necessarily obvious. There are, however, telltale signs that are often indicative of discrimination, including:
If it doesn’t feel right, it likely isn’t, and reporting the matter is the best course of action.
Reporting workplace discrimination can lead to retaliation, but failing to report discrimination ignores a very real concern. The formidable California discrimination attorneys at Minnis & Smallets recognize the immensely damaging consequences of discrimination and retaliation and can be contacted here for skilled legal guidance.
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