Filing an Employment Discrimination Claim

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There are many different types of employment discrimination. An employer may refuse to hire certain individuals due to their race or gender. Another business may deny benefits to workers over the age of 40. No matter what form it takes, employment discrimination is detrimental to the workplace.

Employment discrimination can be tough to prove. 
Employers typically don’t come out and say that you weren’t hired because of your skin color or you were passed over for promotion because you are a woman.

The first step in filing an employment discrimination claim is determining if you fall into a protected category. It is illegal for an employer to discriminate on the basis of:

  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • National Origin
  • Religion
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Disability
  • Veteran Status
  • Marital Status
  • Pregnancy


Next, you should document anything that would indicate workplace discrimination.
 For example, if you are treated differently than your coworkers or are the target of discriminatory comments, this should be written down. Make sure to note the date and description of the event.

After you have gathered up enough evidence, you can file a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Do note that there is a strict time limit when it comes to filing employment discrimination complaints; the employment discrimination charge must be filed within 180 days of the discriminatory incident.

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