How Common Is Discrimination in the Workplace?

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It is an unfortunate truth that, even in this day in age, workplace discrimination is still far too common. This becomes a commonality when employers directly violate the enforced federal and state employment laws. Continue reading to learn how common discrimination is in the workplace and how an experienced New York discrimination lawyer at Bell Law Group can help you out of this tough situation.

How common are acts of discrimination in the workplace?

Notably, there has been reported data on the commonality of discrimination across United States workplaces. And last year alone, 46 percent of employees claimed that discrimination was a prevalent issue in their workplace, whether it was against them or they witnessed it.

With that, the most frequent cases regard discrimination of protected classes. Specific statistics are as follows:

  • 24,324 employees, or 36.1 percent of cases, regard discrimination due to disability.
  • 22,064 employees, or 32.7 percent of cases, regard discrimination due to race.
  • 21,398 employees, or 31.7 percent of cases, regard discrimination due to sex.
  • 14,183 employees, or 21 percent of cases, regard discrimination due to age.
  • 6,377 employees, or 9.5 percent of cases, regard discrimination due to national origin.
  • 3,562 employees, or 5.3 percent of cases, regard discrimination due to color.
  • 2,404 employees, or 3.6 percent of cases, regard discrimination due to religion.

What should I do if I am discriminated against?

As you may likely conclude, the rate of workplace discrimination cases is unacceptably astronomical. So, if you find yourself to be a victim of this, you must speak up. Better yet, you must file a claim with the Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

With your claim, you must provide an accurate description of the incident that took place, along with proving how you were being treated differently than your fellow coworkers. This can be done by providing supplemental evidence alongside your claim. Examples of evidence are as follows:

  • Photos and videos of the incident playing out.
  • Testimonies by witnesses on how the incident played out.
  • Testimonies by fellow coworkers on how the discrimination has affected your ability to perform your job functions.
  • A copy of the email exchange between you and the coworker or employer that allegedly discriminated against you.
  • A copy of the discrimination complaint you submitted to your manager or your company’s Human Resources department.

Reported data notes that approximately 95 percent of EEOC district court cases are successful. You may have a successful case, as well, so long as you submit your claim by New York’s statute of limitations. This deadline is generally three years from the date of your incident.

That said, a skilled New York employee rights lawyer at Bell Law Group is prepared to step in whenever you are ready to initiate your workplace discrimination claim. Simply call our firm at your earliest possible convenience.

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