While many Texas workers are aware of common forms of workplace discrimination, like those based on age and race, there are other forms of types that are commonly found in the workplace. They include family responsibility, gender and part-time discrimination.
When it comes to family responsibility discrimination, workers who require more flexible schedules due to having to care for children or family members may face discrimination from co-workers or supervisors. For example, working mothers, who may occasionally have to leave suddenly if their child becomes ill, could potentially be penalized. Other forms of discrimination can include being denied family leave or being denied positions if the person is expecting a child.
Gender discrimination occurs when a person is sexualized in the workplace. For example, a female employee may be tasked to perform “housework” tasks outside of their job description, like taking notes for meetings or ordering lunch. Alternatively, men can also face discrimination for being denied a secretary role.
Part-time workers can also face discrimination from full-time coworkers and supervisors. Coworkers may not believe that part-time workers are committed to their work and can sometimes view them as lazy. Supervisors may overlook part-time employees for work opportunities and promotions.
An employee who is earning less than another for the same work, is being harassed or was not given a promotion despite good performance reviews, may be facing workplace discrimination. If there is evidence that they are being discriminated against due to their age, gender or employment status and this has affected their productivity and income, an employment rights attorney may assist with filing a lawsuit against the employer. If the employee was fired or passed over for a promotion, for example, the employee may assist with seeking compensation for income that was not earned due to discrimination.