If you believe that your employer discriminated against you, or that you did not receive a job offer as a result of discrimination during the hiring process, it is imperative to take a firm stand for your rights. Moreover, know that you are not alone and that many people experience discrimination in the workplace.
Discrimination takes many forms and some types of discrimination are more prevalent than others. Unfortunately, many instances of discrimination go unreported because victims worry about retaliation or do not even realize that their employer violated their legal rights.
What are the most common types of discrimination?
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission provides data on various forms of discrimination. In fiscal year 2020, more people filed charges as a result of retaliation than any other type of discrimination charge (over 37,000). Aside from retaliation, more people filed charges due to disability discrimination (over 24,000) than other forms of discrimination, such as mistreatment based on a worker’s age, religious views, sex or racial background.
Following disability discrimination, racial discrimination charges also arose frequently, with the EEOC receiving over 22,000 charge filings for this type of mistreatment. In fiscal year 2020, more than 21,000 people filed charges due to sex-based discrimination and 14,183 filed charges over age discrimination.
What can victims of discrimination do to address mistreatment?
If you experienced discrimination or retaliation at work, you need to stand up for your rights. Sometimes, victims can resolve these matters by reaching out to their employer, while others need to file a complaint. In some instances, taking legal action is necessary. However, do not remain silent out of fear.