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Discrimination: Just how prevalent is it?

Workplaces around America have a history of workplace discrimination. It’s an unfortunate truth that many people who go to work have to put up with gender discrimination, disability discrimination and other issues.

Fortunately, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is in place to help those people fight back and get compensated for what they’ve gone through. Discrimination is illegal, and employers can be held accountable.

How common is discrimination in American workplaces?

According to Statista, 61% of respondents admitted to witnessing or personally experiencing discrimination in the workplace in America. The most common causes of discrimination were:

  • Gender, at 42%
  • Age, at 45%
  • Racism, at 42%
  • Sexual orientation, at 33%

Even though culturally the United States is moving toward being more diverse and inclusive, that hasn’t necessarily reflected in every workplace across the country. Women still report workplace harassment and being paid less than male colleagues. Older adults still report being terminated or overlooked because of their age.

Discrimination is a serious offense

Discriminating against protected classes is a serious offense that can result in employers facing trouble with the law. Additionally, those who are discriminated against on the job may have the right to pursue claims against their employers for wrongful termination, sexual harassment, age discrimination or other issues.

What to do if you think you’re discriminated against

If you believe that you’re a victim of discrimination, it’s important for you to gather evidence to help build up your case. A single offense may not be enough to support your case unless it is particularly serious, so what you can do is write down the dates and times of an offense as well as the details. Keep doing this, and try to keep a paper trail. Let your supervisor or human resources department know about what’s happening, and see if there is a resolution that you can come to.

If you cannot get the help you need and continue to have problems, it is well within your rights to look into making a claim and filing your complaint with the EEOC. Taking action may help you seek compensation for what you’ve gone through.