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When you are discriminated against on the job or in another area of your life, you may be left feeling frustrated, humiliated, and unsure of what to do next. If you are facing workplace discrimination, it is important to remember that you have rights.

Our Sandusky discrimination lawyers at Murray & Murray have been fighting for the rights of the wronged since 1931. We are well-versed in the many federal and state laws that prohibit such discrimination, and we can help you take legal action against the responsible party. Our team is prepared to guide you through every stage of the claims process, fighting for a fair settlement on your behalf.

For more information about our workplace discrimination services in Ohio, call (419) 664-3711 or contact us online.

What is Discrimination?

Workplace discrimination refers to unfair treatment or prejudice against individuals or groups based on certain characteristics. This unfair treatment can occur in various aspects of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, promotions, job assignments, training opportunities, and other employment-related activities. Discrimination in the workplace is illegal in many countries and can lead to legal consequences for employers who engage in such practices.

In the workplace, discrimination can be based on a number of factors, including but not limited to:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Genetic information
  • Marital status
  • Military status
  • National origin
  • Pregnancy
  • Race/color
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation

Common Examples of Workplace Discrimination

Here are some examples of discriminatory actions that may occur on the job:

  • Refusing to Hire: A qualified candidate is not hired for a job position solely because of their age, race, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or other protected characteristic.
  • Unequal Pay: Paying employees different wages or salaries for performing substantially similar work based on their gender, race, or other protected characteristics.
  • Unfair Promotion Practices: Passing over qualified employees for promotions or advancement opportunities based on discriminatory reasons such as gender, race, age, or disability.
  • Harassment: Subjecting employees to unwelcome or offensive behavior, comments, or actions based on their protected characteristics, creating a hostile work environment. This can include sexual harassment, racial slurs, or religious ridicule.
  • Work Assignments: Assigning tasks, projects, or responsibilities based on discriminatory reasons rather than merit or qualifications. For example, not assigning challenging projects to female employees because of gender stereotypes.
  • Retaliation: Taking adverse actions against employees who complain about discrimination or harassment, such as demotion, termination, or other forms of retaliation.
  • Failure to Accommodate Disabilities: Not providing reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities to enable them to perform their job duties, as required by law.
  • Segregation or Isolation: Treating employees differently by segregating or isolating them from others based on their protected characteristics, such as creating separate facilities or workspaces.
  • Negative Performance Reviews: Providing unfair or biased performance evaluations to employees based on discriminatory reasons rather than actual job performance.
  • Denying Training or Development Opportunities: Withholding training, mentoring, or career development opportunities from employees based on discriminatory reasons, such as gender or race.

These examples illustrate various ways discrimination can manifest in the workplace, violating employees' rights and negatively impacting their career advancement and overall well-being. Employers should strive to create inclusive and respectful work environments free from discrimination and take proactive measures to prevent and address discriminatory actions when they occur.

How to Prove Employment Discrimination

Proving employment discrimination can be challenging, but it is not impossible. Generally speaking, you and your attorney will need to show that:

  • You are a member of a protected class (i.e. you are over the age of 40, you are a certain race, you are of a certain sex/gender, etc.)
  • You were qualified for the position and performing your job well
  • You experienced some form of adverse employment action (i.e. you were not hired, you were fired, you were demoted, you were given a pay cut, etc.)
  • Similarly situated employees who were not members of your protected class were treated more favorably

You may also be able to prove employment discrimination using circumstantial evidence. This refers to evidence that does not directly prove you were the victim of discrimination but can be used to infer it. For example, if you are a woman and were fired shortly after announcing your pregnancy, this could be used as circumstantial evidence of pregnancy discrimination.

What to Do If You Are Being Discriminated Against

If you believe you are the victim of workplace discrimination, there are several steps you can take to protect your rights and interests, including:

  • Document everything. Keep a detailed record of all incidents of discrimination, including dates, times, locations, and descriptions of what happened. If you can, try to get any evidence in writing, such as emails, text messages, or memos.
  • Speak with your supervisor. If you feel comfortable doing so, report the discrimination to your supervisor. They may be able to help resolve the issue. If your supervisor is the one who is treating you unfairly, go to HR or another member of management.
  • Follow company procedures. If your company has a policy for reporting discrimination, follow it. This way, you can show that you took the proper steps to report the issue.
  • Get a lawyer. It is in your best interest to consult with an experienced attorney who can help you understand your rights and legal options.

Contact Our Firm Today

At Murray & Murray, we understand how difficult it is to be the victim of discrimination. We are here to walk you through every stage of the claims process and fight for a fair settlement on your behalf. Our team is available to answer your questions and address your concerns throughout the process.

Contact us today at (419) 664-3711to schedule an initial consultation with our Sandusky discrimination attorneys.

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