What is workplace discrimination?

It is illegal for your employer to take an adverse employment action against you (termination, demotion, pay cut, reduction in hours, etc.) because of your disability, sex, marital status, race, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, national origin, or religion.  Acts of illegal discrimination may include:


  • Failing or refusing to provide a reasonable accommodation for your disability;
  • Comments about your disability;
  • Being treated differently than your non-disabled co-workers.


  • Not being afforded the same opportunities, pay or other benefits of employment as members of the opposite gender;
  • Comments about your sex/gender.


  • Comments about your age;
  • Older workers being replaced by younger workers;
  • New management letting older workers go.

Marital Status

  • Comments about your marital status;
  • Comments about your spouse’s or former spouse’s identity, situation, actions or beliefs.


  • Comments about your race;
  • Race-based hiring/firing/promotional decisions.

Sexual Orientation

  • Comments or insinuations about how your sexual orientation affects you or your job;
  • Hiring/firing/Promotional decisions based on orientation.

Veteran Status

  • Comments about your veteran status;
  • Hiring/firing/promotional decisions based on veteran status;
  • Failure to reinstate you to your job following qualified military leave.

National Origin

  • Comments based on your national origin;
  • Hiring/firing/Promotional decisions based on your national origin.


  • Comments based on your religion;
  • Hiring/firing/Promotional decisions based on your religion.

If you have experienced discrimination in the workplace, feel free to contact our attorneys, or take a moment to provide the information below that will enable us to better determine if you have a case and what we can do to help you.

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