One of the most unpleasant experiences a person in California can have at work is workplace discrimination. Five key signs that serve as a warning that this behavior is happening are:
- A lack of diversity
- Unfair, unjust or unfounded discipline
- Unequal pay
- Being denied or overlooked for promotions
- Demeaning, degrading or alienating communications
Lack of diversity
In some instances, the workplace discrimination taking place is more apparent than in others. If you find yourself in a position of employment in which you are the only person at the business of your race, gender or some other key demographic, there may exist a greater possibility for workplace discrimination.
Unfair, unjust or unfounded discipline
A common sign of workplace discrimination is a situation in which a worker is subjected to what appears to be unfair, unjust or unfounded discipline. A superior in a workplace may harbor an improper bias and use unfair disciplinary measures to construct a paper trail to support what may be an unjust termination.
Unequal pay oftentimes is a sharp example of workplace discrimination. Even in the 21st century, wage and salary disparity between genders remains a systemic problem in a considerable number of workplaces.
Denied or overlooked for promotions
How promotions occur in a business can be indicative of a climate that may foster discrimination. If the upper-tier positions of a business are held by people of the same gender or race, there may be an issue with systemic discrimination. If you find yourself consistently passed over for promotions despite being as qualified as those who advance and have a similar tenure, that can be a sign of discrimination.
Demeaning, degrading or alienating communications
If you’re subjected to demeaning, degrading or alienating communications in any form, that, also, is potentially a sign of workplace discrimination.
If you feel you’ve been targeted with workplace discrimination, seeking professional advice from a qualified, experienced lawyer is a recommended step. As a matter of practice, typically, initial consultations are free.