Identifying acts of workplace discrimination

When Louisiana employees experience discrimination at work, it can be very difficult to deal with. In some situations, the employee might lose his or her job or fail to receive a deserved promotion. In most situations, workplace discrimination has very real financial consequences.

Thankfully, in some cases, legal action can be taken against employers that participate in or allow workplace discrimination to occur. However, in order for legal action to be taken, people need to have evidence that took place. It can be easier to identify acts of workplace discrimination once employees know what to look for.

Certain behaviors that may qualify as employee discrimination include harassment, failing to hire or promote, denying training or firing for reasons related to gender, national origin, religion or race. It is also illegal for employers to implement practices on a certain class; for example, hiring practices that screen out minorities or those of a certain gender.

Acts of workplace discrimination may also impact pregnant women, people of a certain age and people with disabilities. In addition, equal pay discrimination is a result of an employer that is part of the Fair Labor Standards Act, which fails to pay women and men equally for performing the same duties. Once employees are aware of the different types of workplace discrimination, and feel that they have been subjected to similar treatment, there may be basis for a lawsuit if there is evidence to support the claims.

An attorney may be able to help Louisiana employees better understand the evidence that is required to prove workplace discrimination. With the right help, people can show that they faced illegal treatment and may qualify for compensation.

Source:, "Employment Discrimination: Overview," accessed on Dec. 5, 2014