Many people who go to work everyday are not happy with their job. A number are particularly dissatisfied with the type of treatment they receive from a boss or supervisor. When workers are presented with these types of issues on the job, it can be difficult to know who to turn to or how to react. Sometimes, an employer’s bad actions constitute misconduct that isn’t illegal; however, sometimes it falls under the category of harassment, discrimination, or other employment law violation.
Source: Demand Media Report “Examples of Discrimination in the Workplace”
“Every workplace consists of people who hail from different cultural, religious or social backgrounds. Sometimes, these differences may give rise to discrimination, regardless of the fact that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC, enacts regulations to curb this vice.”
While many negative actions by a boss or other person in position of power are unwelcome by employees, not all are deemed to be in violation of the law. There are some clear employment law violations; however, that employees should know about in order to tell when their boss’ actions have crossed the line. These include using characteristics such as age, race, religion, gender, or sexual preference to determine how one will treat workers on the job.
“Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 offered the promise of equal employment opportunity by prohibiting job discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, and national origin. No longer could employers discriminate in hiring, firing, promotions, pay, and other employment decisions.”
According to the Texas based employment discrimination lawyers of Eberstein & Witherite, it is important for employees to know the difference between simply having a bad boss and being discriminated against. Examples of behaviors that call this into question include being dishonest, losing one’s temper, poor communication or a lack thereof, and leaving difficult or unpopular decisions up to lower level employees. Although these issues may warrant a meeting with human resources or team leaders to review best practices for finding a resolution, they typically aren’t an employment law violation unless motivated by things such as race. However, issues such as refusing to promote a class of workers based on factors such as race or gender, harassment of older employees because of their age, and retaliation for reporting such complaints do fall under the category and should be addressed.
The employment law attorneys of Eberstein & Witherite are available to help those who have been victims of an employment law violation in Texas and need help with understanding their legal rights and options. Individuals can contact the Texas based employment lawyers today for a free, confidential consultation.