Workplace discrimination is something that workers and applicants for work are protected from. Workers should know what is protected and how they are protected so they can ensure that they can exercise those protections when needed if they are facing some form of workplace discrimination.
Who is protected?
Workers and applicants for jobs cannot be discriminated against on the basis of race; national origin, gender, which includes on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition; or religion. In Michigan, workers are protected on the basis of their age; height or weight; familial or marital status; physical or mental disabilities; or arrest record.
What actions are prohibited?
Employers are prohibited from taking certain actions against workers and applicants for employment. Prohibited actions on the basis of one of the protected categories includes:
- Refusing to hire;
- Denying training;
- Failing to promote;
- Paying less or demoting; or
Administrative process for victims of discrimination
There is an administrative process that may be able to help victims of workplace discrimination and there may be other legal remedies and options affected workers should also be familiar with. There are timelines that must be met when making a claim for workplace discrimination that impacted workers also need to be aware of an abide by.
Workplace discrimination can undermine one of the most important aspects of any individual’s life by undermining the job and source of income they rely on to support and care for themselves and their families. For that reason it is prohibited and workers should be familiar with those prohibitions and protections.