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Common Kinds of Workplace Discrimination


When a person is subject to unfavorable treatment because of specific characteristic, as a potential hire or an established employee, they could be a victim of workplace discrimination. This can take place in the context of hiring a potential employee, difference in benefits, pay, promotions, or work assignments, or how an employee is let go.

There are protections for employees. If you feel you were subject to behavior that is prohibited by Ohio or federal law, reach out and talk with a Columbus employment discrimination attorney.

Retaliation Discrimination

Retaliation is when an employee complains about an issue and finds themselves in a position where a human resource department they trust is retaliating against them. This has happened in a variety of circumstances, from employees bringing up wage disparities to workplace bullying. A human resources department works for the employer, not for the employee. In the event of a mistreatment, connect with a lawyer to protect your rights.

Gender and Age Discrimination at Work

It is illegal to discriminate based on an individual’s gender or sexual orientation. There are federal law protections under Title VII. Part of the Civil Rights Act, Title VII protects workers from discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, and religion.

Also important to note is the Equal Pay Act of 1963 which requires that employees receive equal pay for equal work. This protection is in place to shield against pay discrimination, but also includes other forms of compensation, including the following:

  • Benefit packages
  • Bonus structures
  • Insurance coverage
  • Overtime compensation
  • Stocks offerings
  • Vacation perks

Age is also a protected class. When employees are over the age of 40, it is illegal to treat them in a manner different than other younger employees due to their age.

Discrimination During Pregnancy or After a Child Is Born

When a woman is treated differently because she is with child, recently gave birth, or has a health condition that is related to a pregnancy or birth, she may be a victim of pregnancy discrimination. The terms an employer provides to their workforce for temporary disability need to be available to pregnant employees, too.

Unfortunately, racial discrimination, religious discrimination, disability discrimination, and national origin discrimination are all also common. There are many instances of harassment which, depending on the circumstance, can also be a form of discrimination within the workplace.

A Columbus employment discrimination attorney can help you navigate the process. You may need to file a discrimination claim with a state or federal administrative agency.

Are you seeking justice after you experienced workplace discrimination? Contact the employment discrimination lawyers at Coffman Legal LLC today. We are strong and committed advocates for all Ohio workers and use our experience and knowledge to help you. Call 614-949-1181 for a free and confidential consultation.



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