Aside from the US Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 or the FLSA, which prevents discrimination against work and compensation, many other laws have been passed which would help ensure fair labor practice all across the US. Just a few of these laws are the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Equal Pay Act (EPA).
Despite all these federal decrees, many employers choose to turn a deaf ear to claims of discrimination, rather than addressing the unjust practices committed in their companies. And although an act of discrimination may oftentimes be obvious, many employees would find it hard to complain due to fear of being subjected to greater injustice or, worse, losing their job.
Discriminatory acts can inflict more and deeper harm that one can imagine. Oftentimes victims appear to be easily dismissing the issue; deep inside, though, the hurt can be much deeper. Not having any chance for promotion, getting lower pay compared to their peers, being laughed at by both their peers and supervisor, or never having been asked to participate in important meetings or company activities – these are just some of the unjust treatments employees may suffer from due to their age, race, national origin, gender, or disability status.
If you feel that you are being discriminated against in your workplace, you have every right to take action against the party responsible for the discrimination and pursue the equal treatment that you deserve under the law. If company policy cannot save you from the injustice you are suffering from, then it is likely that the best way to address the wrong done is through legal means.
Discrimination can have devastating effects on anyone and everyone in a workplace, and employers and employees alike should do everything they can to stop such illegal actions as soon as possible.