For most people in Virginia, their workdays are just part of their normal routine. They take care of business and, for the most part, a typical day may be uneventful. But, the sad reality is that this isn’t the case for some employees in Virginia. Some will face discrimination in the workplace, which can make the workday anything but routine. So, what do workers need to know about employment discrimination?
Well, for starters, it is important to point out that discrimination can occur in many different forms. Many people likely think first of “unfair treatment” because of some personal factor about the employee, like race, age, gender, religious preference or even disability, for example. Unfair treatment is indeed one of the most obvious and perhaps common forms of employment discrimination. But, other types of employment discrimination occur as well, such as harassment or retaliation. Or, an employer may ask questions that are discriminatory, such as questioning your medical needs or conditions.
Understanding how discrimination can occur in the workplace is crucial so that employees can correctly identify this conduct and, if necessary, take action. There is a wide variety of state and federal laws that prohibit employment discrimination. So, if such discrimination does occur, legal action may be an option.
At our law firm, we work with employees in Virginia who believe they may have been the victim of employment discrimination. Each case is different, so anyone who believes they may have a valid claim should be sure to get more information about the potential options in their own unique situation.