What are discriminatory practices regarding employment?

You have the right to work somewhere that is free of harassment and discrimination. In fact, there are many laws in place that ensure you may take action if you are a victim of discriminatory practices at work. If you feel like someone is targeting you at work, you have options for relief. 

You may wonder what exactly discriminatory practices are and if you are experiencing any of them at work. Keep reading for more information on what employers can and cannot do per the law. 

Illegal discriminatory practices 

According to FindLaw, the following list includes illegal discriminatory practices: 

  • Harassing someone because of their age, race, color, sex, religion, national origin or disability status 
  • Refusing to hire someone based on their relationship or association with any particular protected status 
  • Retaliating against an employee because they fight against discriminatory practices, engage in an investigation or file charges of discrimination 
  • Basing employment decisions on stereotypes or generalizations of people under a protected status instead of as unique individuals 

Other noteworthy discrimination practices 

In addition to the above mentioned prohibited activities, there are additional situations where you might experience discrimination. For example, if an employer refuses to hire you because you are pregnant and they do not want to deal with maternity leave, that is discrimination. Employers are also required to make religious accommodations to the best of their ability unless it creates an undue hardship for them. Simply denying you the ability to adhere to your religious beliefs without a substantial reason is illegal. The Equal Pay Act also states that men and women cannot receive unequal wages based on gender.