Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation
Discrimination and Harassment
As an employee of a private employer, you are generally protected from:
- Discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, disability, religion, age, and genetic information; and
Specifically, your employer cannot discriminate against you by taking actions such as the following:
- Failing to hire you;
- Terminating your employment;
- Paying you less than co-workers in similar situations; or
- Denying you a promotion.
You may also be entitled to reasonable accommodations because of the following:
- Your religion; or
- Your disability.
The reasonable accommodations you may be entitled to because of your religion include the following:
- Giving you a leave of absence for a religious holiday;
- Allowing you to wear your religious clothing such as a hijab, a kufi, turban or dastar; and
- Allowing you to time to pray.
The reasonable accommodations you may be entitled to because of your disability include the following:
- Providing you assistance with reading or writing or other aspects of your job so you can perform your job duties;
- Providing you a leave of absence for an illness; and
- Transferring you to an open position that you are qualified for.
If you believe you have been discriminated or retaliated against, you must file a charge of discrimination within 300 days of the discrimination.
For more information about discrimination and retaliation involving private workers, please see the following website: http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/statutes/index.cfm.