Federal and State law expressly prohibit employers from engaging in discrimination against employees on the basis of sex, race, age, religion, national origin and disability. To prove employment discrimination, an employee must show that he or she was a member of a protected class, that he or she was qualified for the position that they sought or was competently performing the position that they held, that they suffered an adverse employment action, and that the adverse employment action occurred under circumstances suggesting a discriminatory motive. An adverse action can include a refusal to hire, a termination, denial of a promotion, denial of a pay raise, denial of benefits, or negative performance evaluations.
Discrimination can take many forms. Discrimination can consist of the use of derogatory statements that create a hostile work environment (i.e., sexual harassment or racial harassment). It can result from discriminatory pay or hiring practices. The law against discrimination extends to “English-only” workplace rules, limitations on breastfeeding, and denying healthcare benefits based upon an employee’s medical condition or that of an employee’s family member.
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