Discrimination is a broad term that can apply to a number of different areas of the employer-employee relationship. But what is undisputed about this term is that it is illegal and a horrible practice by any individual or party. If you work somewhere and feel that the company utilizes discriminatory practices or that certain employees harass you or treat you differently because of your race, religion or other factor, then you should consider your rights and legal options.
Race and religion are just two factors that can trigger discriminatory actions by people or companies. Some people will treat people who live with disabilities differently simply because of their condition or situation. Companies may not consider a candidate because of their disability.
There are also many gender discrimination issues that can arise. Supervisors may treat their male or female counterparts in unfair ways. Women may be targeted with sexual harassment, and they are often paid unequally when compared to their male counterparts.
Age is a big factor with discrimination too. Older people may be glossed over in interviews simple because the company wants younger employees -- even though the company is supposed to make such a decision based on the qualifications and merit of the candidates. Similarly, pregnancy can trigger discriminatory acts by a company.
There are, sadly, so many ways the employment discrimination can become an issue at your workplace. When these incidents arise, it is imperative that the victimized party consider his or her legal options to ensure his or her rights are upheld.