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Employment Discrimination Laws

Guide to Employment Discrimination Laws and Issues

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Employment discrimination happens when a job seeker or an employee is treated unfavorably because of his or her race, skin color, national origin, gender, disability, religion, or age.

It is illegal to discriminate in any facet of employment, including in hiring.  However, that doesn't stop discrimination from happening.  Here's information on the types of employment discrimination, employment discrimination laws, and what remedies are available to help combat discrimination issues.

Types of Employment Discrimination

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Employment discrimination occurs when an individual is adversely discriminated against due to any number of factors, including race, skin color, national origin, gender, disability, religion, or age. Here's information on the various types of employment discrimination that happens in hiring and the workplace.

Examples of Employment Discrimination

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It is illegal to discriminate in any facet of employment, so workplace discrimination extends beyond hiring and firing. Review these examples of employment discrimination to help determine if you have been discriminated against.

How to File an Employment Discrimination Claim

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If you are an employee or a job seeker and believe that you have been the target of unlawful discrimination, it's important to file a complaint with the EEOC as soon as possible. Here's how to file an employment discrimination claim.

Age Discrimination Issues

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Believe it, or not, job seekers are reporting age discrimination beginning as early as the mid-thirties. By the time you reach your forties, you can be considered washed up in some industries. There are strategies you can use to help mitigate discrimination issues.

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act

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The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) protects certain applicants and employees 40 years of age and older from discrimination on the basis of age in hiring, promotion, discharge, compensation, or terms, conditions or privileges of employment.

Workplace Harassment

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Here is information on the types of harassment in the workplace and how to handle harassment issues, including filing a harassment claim, interview advice if you've lost your job, and what to do if you have been fired.

How to File a Harassment Claim

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Before you file the claim, educate yourself to insure that the incident actually counts as harassment. Unlawful harassment includes any incident that interferes with your success at work, or creates a hostile work environment.  If you have been harassed, here's how to file a claim.

Job Applicant Credit Checks

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Companies are running credit checks on job applicants more often and are using that credit information as part of the process when making hiring decisions. Here's advice on what companies can check and how it can impact hiring.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is a federal agency charged with enforcing laws prohibiting employment discrimination.

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