What are some examples of unlawful discrimination?
It can be difficult to determine whether you have been treated differently because of a legal or illegal reason. That is because uncovering discrimination often depends on a person’s state of mind. The law addresses this problem in several ways. First, you need to determine whether you have a protected status. Age, gender, race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, and disability are the main protected statuses. Second, you need to determine whether you have been treated unfairly in a significant way. Not getting interesting work assignments is probably not significant, but having your hours reduced significantly, or being transferred to an unfavorable geographic location, may be significant. Third, you need to determine whether the unfavorable treatment was due to your protected status. It is important to consult a lawyer for this determination, as it involves complex issues of fact and law.