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Definition of Discrimination

 EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION In the United States it is against the law, for any employer, or agent of the employer, to discriminate against any employee or potential employee based on factors such as age, race, pregnancy, religion, and disability. Some States have even adopted employment discrimination legislation to protect employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation.

According to federal law, no employer can base his or her decision to hire or fire, promote, transfer, retirement, etc. based on the aforementioned factors.

While discrimination of these sorts is a terrible practice, it still sometimes rears its ugly head. Fortunately, federal laws, such as the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Equal Pay Act, and the Civil Rights Act of 1991 protect employees from unlawful treatment and termination 

A federal agency is responsible for enforcing the federal laws that make employment discrimination illegal, as well as maintaining all of the regulations, practices, and policies involving employment discrimination.

In addition to this federal protection, many States have their own laws designed to protect employees from various forms of discrimination. For example, New York has the Human Rights Law, which covers all employers with more than four employees, and California has FEHA (the Fair Employment and Housing Act). FEHA covers employers with five or more employees. Both of these State laws are more favorable to the employee than the federal law, as the federal law only takes into consideration employers with fifteen or more employees.

If you believe that you are a victim of discrimination in the workplace and you believe that your job rights have been violated you have the right to file a charge of discrimination.  Click here to get help now.  You may deserve compensation.

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