Signs you might be at risk of workplace discrimination

Discrimination in the workplace is a very serious matter. If you fall into a protected class that, you deserve to receive equal treatment and accommodation in the workplace. For example, if your age, gender or race qualifies you as a protected class, then you expect your work environment to be safe and free from discriminatory behavior.

Unfortunately, identifying workplace discrimination can sometimes be very difficult. The following signs might be red flags that discrimination is occurring at your St. Louis job.

Continuous recruitment

If you notice that employees seem to be constantly coming and going, there is a high rate of resignation, or your company keeps the recruiting sign up, this might be a sign that something is amiss. High turnover rates may not always be a sign of discrimination, but they often indicate that something is not right.

Inappropriate interview questions

The questions in your initial interview might point to possible discrimination. For example, if the interviewer makes any comment or asks a question that seems to reference a stereotype or strike you as inappropriate, then this might be a red flag of discrimination. While employers have to comply with diversity initiatives, managers that do not agree with such policies may engage in discriminatory behavior.

Work duty assignments

Every now and then, we all have to complete a work task that we do not like or that is beneath our skill set. However, if you are continuously receiving duty assignments that require you to perform menial tasks, it could be a sign of discrimination. On the other side, if you constantly receive assignments that are impossible to finish, this might also be a tactic to push you out based on your standing in a protected class.

Condescending or demeaning speech

If your boss or colleagues are constantly talking down to you, belittling you or speaking to you in a disrespectful manner for no obvious reason, then the underlying cause might be discrimination. Also, offensive jokes or comments might also point to discrimination in the workplace.

If you have been the victim of workplace discrimination, it is vital to remember that you have rights and options. You might be able to take legal action if you have experienced discrimination from your employer or coworkers.

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