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Workplace discrimination may not mean you lose your job

On Behalf of | Jul 17, 2023 | Workplace Discrimination |

They are certainly cases of workplace discrimination where a person cannot get a job or loses the job that they have. For example, perhaps a woman has trouble finding a job because employers continuously hire men who are less qualified than her. Or perhaps an African-American worker is fired while all of the white workers keep their jobs.

But it’s also important to remember that things may not be this obvious. You could still be experiencing discrimination, even though you have a job and you continue to hold gainful employment. Let’s look at a few ways that this could happen.

You get paid less

One thing to consider is your wages. For example, there is strong evidence of a consistent wage gap between male and female workers who are doing the same jobs. If you’re being paid less than your coworkers, is it because you’re being discriminated against or because your employer doesn’t value you the same way? Are all of your requests for a raise denied, while coworkers’ requests are granted?

Promotions dry up

Another thing that sometimes happens is that workers will only get promoted to a certain point. Once they reach that level of the corporate ladder, these promotions seem to go away. The workers continue to gain experience and apply for higher positions, but they’re no longer given them. This is sometimes referred to as a glass ceiling, where women find that it is harder for them to advance beyond a certain point than it is for their male counterparts.

These are just a few examples of how discrimination is still very common in the workplace. Those who are experiencing it need to know exactly what legal options they have.


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