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February 13, 2023

Common Misconceptions About Workplace Discrimination

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In a perfect world, all employees would be treated fairly at work and never discriminated against. Unfortunately, however, discrimination in the workplace still occurs in this day and age. If you believe that you have experienced discrimination at your job, you may want to speak with an employment litigation lawyer about your options.

Here are some common misconceptions about workplace discrimination.

If the Discrimination Was not Intentional, You Don’t Have a Case

Many people assume that workplace discrimination is always intentional. This could not be farther from the truth. In fact, many types of workplace discrimination are unintentional. For example, an employer may give an older worker fewer responsibilities than a younger worker, thinking that the older employee can’t handle a lot of tasks. This may be considered unintentional discrimination.

If My Employer is Mean, I Can File a Discrimination Lawsuit

Most people have had mean bosses before. It is certainly never pleasant to go into work and deal with a nasty boss. However, that does not necessarily mean that you can file a discrimination lawsuit. It is not against the law for employers to be mean to their workers. However, if your employer steps on your civil rights in the process, you may have a discrimination case on your hands. For instance, if your boss makes hateful comments about your ethnicity or religion, you should talk to a lawyer promptly.

Employers Can Ask About Disabilities During Interviews

As the legal professionals at Eric Siegel Law can confirm, employers are prohibited from asking job candidates about their disabilities during the interview process. They are not allowed to ask questions about a candidate’s mental health issues, medications or prior work injuries. Employers are only permitted to ask about disabilities after they hire an applicant. Then, they can reasonably accommodate their disability at work.

It Is Not Considered Discrimination If It’s Against Someone of the Same National Origin

This is another common misconception about workplace discrimination. Even if your employer is the same national origin as you, it does not give them the right to discriminate against your national origin. You may still have ground for a lawsuit.

Discrimination Laws Are Just for Women and Minorities

There are certainly discrimination laws in place that protect female and minority employees. However, these are not the only groups of people that these laws protect. Workplace discrimination laws also protect employees of other protected classes, like religion, age, sexual orientation and disability.

It Is Not Necessary to Hire a Lawyer

If you are the victim of workplace discrimination, you might wonder if you should file a lawsuit on your own or hire an employment litigation lawyer. It is in your best interest to work with an experienced lawyer. Employment discrimination can be difficult to prove, so it is helpful to have a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer on your side. You may have a better chance of a favorable outcome. If your discrimination is injury related, you should also consider hiring a lawyer that specializes in personal injury & workplace discrimination.

Schedule a consultation with an employment litigation lawyer today to discuss your case.

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