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How to tell you are being discriminated against in the workplace

When you go to work, you expect to be in an environment where respect is cherished. With that kind of foundation, productivity, work quality and communication can thrive. However, it is not unusual to come across a workplace that does not treat all workers the same. While workplace discrimination is illegal, it does happen. And if you are a victim of discrimination, it is important that you consider your options. 

Workplace discrimination manifests in many forms. However, knowing how to tell the common signs of this vice can help you figure out how to safeguard your rights from a hostile and potentially negative work environment. 

Here are three common signs of discrimination in the workplace.

Disturbing interview questions

Believe it or not, but discrimination in the workplace can start as early as the interview process. Inappropriate questions, references to your gender, or comments about your faith, race or age can all be warning signs of discrimination. 

Belittling or alienating communication

Communication is a big deal in the workplace. The tone and manner in which your supervisors, or even coworkers, communicate in the workplace can justify claims of discrimination. If your supervisor is speaking to you in a hostile or demeaning tone, or if they are making offensive jokes and comments around you – especially if you belong to the class – this could be evidence of discrimination at work. 

Unequal pay for the same role

While most employers discourage their employers from discussing their paychecks with coworkers, it is important to note that federal law protects your right to do so. Openly talking about your salary with coworkers can help you uncover a culture of discrimination. If a coworker is earning more than you for the same role, this could be a sign of discrimination, especially if they are of a different race, age, or gender. 

Discrimination at work can be very traumatizing. Everyone deserves a healthy work environment. Knowing how to tell if you are being discriminated against in the workplace can help you seek an appropriate legal remedy. 

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