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What is Employment Discrimination?

Employment discrimination is a broad term, but there are several laws in the United States related to preventing discrimination based on sex, religion, race, physical disability, national origin, and age. In addition to these factors, there are more laws evolving about preventing employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, too.

Discrimination is not just about hiring and firing, either. There are many different situations that could fall under the umbrella of Houston employment discrimination such as job assignment issues, compensation, retaliation, promotion, discipline, and harassment. Rights outlined in the U. S. Constitution provide some protections, but there are other laws in place to help prevent workplace discrimination or provide recourse for victims once it has already happened.

Some of the laws that may govern a workplace discrimination suit include Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, , the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Equal Pay Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Uniform Services Employment & Reemployment Rights Act.

An individual who has been discriminated against because of his or her membership in a protected class could be seen as a victim of workplace discrimination. Whether it is hiring, promotions, general harassment in the workplace or termination, employees may be able to argue workplace discrimination in Houston mediation sessions or court.

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