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The many types of employment discrimination

As an employee or job candidate, you should never be discriminated against. While there are laws in place to protect you, it is important to realize one thing to be true: Some companies don't care about these laws, as they are going to do what they want and hope nothing bad happens.

According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, there are many types of discrimination prohibited by law. These include the following: age, disability, genetic information, equal pay, harassment, pregnancy, national origin, race, color, retaliation, religion, sexual harassment, and sex.

For example, disability discrimination remains a problem in the United States. This occurs when a company discriminates against a worker or candidate with a disability. The law requires an employer to provide the worker with reasonable accommodation, but this does not always happen.

With disability discrimination, there are often other laws in place that provide protection. For instance, federal employees are covered under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, not the Americans with Disabilities Act. While the name may be different, the protection offered by both remains relatively the same.

As employees, even ones who enjoys their jobs, you never know if you could become a victim of employment discrimination at some point. You may be confused as to why this happened, but that should not alter your plans moving forward. There are laws in place to protect your rights, and you should never feel as if you cannot protect yourself.

Even if you are happy with your current employment arrangement, knowing the many types of discrimination is still a good idea.

Source: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, "Discrimination by Type," accessed Dec. 28, 2015

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