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Lesser known forms of workplace discrimination

Employees in New York face discrimination at work for many different reasons. Race, sexual orientation and religious discrimination often come to mind first when people think of workplace discrimination. However, there are other forms that are lesser known but still very common. People who are discriminated against in the workplace for any reason may lose out on job opportunities and fair pay, and they may also face workplace harassment.

Part-time employees who work less than 40 hours per week are frequently discriminated against at work. Supervisors and coworkers may assume that they are not serious about their work, or they may resent them for the job flexibility that they have. Often, part-time workers are not considered for special projects or promotions.

Another form of discrimination that is very common in the workplace is family responsibility discrimination. Parents who work full time may have to ask for days off or call in to cancel workdays because of their family responsibilities, and this may cause supervisors to discriminate against them. Women who are pregnant when they look for a job are frequently discriminated against at interviews because employers assume that their family responsibilities will get in the way of their work.

Many forms of workplace discrimination are prohibited by federal or state laws such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. Since in many cases these laws have different agencies in charge of their enforcement, people who feel that they have been unfairly treated by their current or prospective employers may want to meet with an attorney in order to learn the applicable procedures for pursuing a grievance.

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