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What you should know about race and color discrimination

It's inconceivable to imagine that any employer would pass up a highly skilled employee, who can contribute better quality work than his or her competing job applicants, just because of superficial characteristics like race and skin color. The thing is, it happens every day in Florida and it usually goes completely unnoticed.

After all, how is a job applicant going to know that he didn't get the job because he was black, Hispanic or Asian? How is a worker going to know that her boss passed her up for a promotion because her skin is a darker shade of color than her coworker?

Common examples of sexual harassment in the workplace

Forget about your job title, industry and company culture for a second. Regardless of who you are, there's always a chance you could be the victim of sexual harassment in the workplace.

This doesn't mean you should look over your shoulder all day, every day. However, if you have reason to believe you're a victim, it's imperative to take the right steps.

Why hiring "digital natives" may be age discrimination

Age discrimination typically isn't all that overt. Companies do not put out ads saying they won't hire anyone over 45 or that only people in their 20s should apply. They know well that age discrimination is illegal.

That does not mean they don't do it. They try to hide it. They try to cover it up with something else and make it appear not to be age-based at all.

Examples of gender discrimination at work

Even though you should never have to worry about gender discrimination at your place of employment, you realize this could happen at some point. If it does, you shouldn't sit back and assume it's okay. Instead, it's important to take action to protect your legal rights.

Many employees ignore gender discrimination because they don't want to "rock the boat." They assume it's better to have a job than to say something that could result in their termination (despite the fact that this is against the law).

What does the Age Discrimination in Employment Act protect?

For the last several decades, Americans have enjoyed strong protections against age discrimination, codified largely in the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Prior to the passage of the ADEA, workers in many fields found themselves pushed out simply because younger workers rose up to fill their positions. With the protections afforded in the ADEA, workers have tools to protect their rights as they age in the workforce and potentially experience discrimination because of it.

If you have concerns about your employer's attitude toward your age, it is wise to understand the boundaries of what an employer can and cannot do in regard to your age. A strong grasp of the law and high-quality legal resources may offer the guidance you need at a crucial moment in your career.

Was pretextual discrimination the reason for your firing?

Fort Lauderdale workers likely know that age discrimination is illegal. But what few may realize is that less-than-honest employers can use pretexts to terminate older workers in an attempt to circumvent state and federal discrimination laws.

Here's how it might go down in a workplace setting:

Gender bias and discrimination may get worse as jobs get better

Many times, it often seems like the more technical and high-paying a job is, the harder it is for women or other minorities to break into that field. While groups that have historically experienced discrimination have made massive strides toward better representation in many parts of the economy, they still struggle to find adequate representation at the highest levels in many industries.

Those fields can include information technology, engineering, science, medicine and other highly educated career paths. Even women who work as highly paid attorneys can experience discrimination in their work. For the women trying to break down the barriers in these fields, it is often difficult to move forward after an experience of discrimination.

Landmark Supreme Court cases on gender discrimination

The courts have grown to treat and understand issues relating to gender discrimination in a certain way over a period of decades. Specific landmark cases that the U.S. Supreme Court has tried and decided have shaped gender discrimination law into what it is today.

Here are some of the most important Supreme Court cases on gender discrimination dating back to 1974:

Examples of age discrimination: Are you on the lookout?

Depending on your age, you may begin to wonder if your employer is discriminating against you.

While there are times when people are nothing more than paranoid, this isn't always the case. There's a possibility you could be the victim of age discrimination at some point. If you have reason to believe this is true, you'll want to learn more about what's going on and how to protect your legal rights.

Common types of workplace gender bias

Gender inequality is problem that spans multiple industries. Whether you are working in the tech industry, in an accounting firm or as a barista in a Fort Lauderdale coffee shop, you might experience or witness gender bias at work. For women working in male-dominated workplaces, gender bias can creates an atmosphere of discrimination that can make the workplace toxic.

There are several kinds of gender bias that occur more frequently than others. In order to take preventive measures, watch for these common examples of gender bias in the workplace.

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