Data from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) shows a drop in workplace discrimination cases; however, discrimination still happens at work. Everyone deserves fair treatment at work. If you believe you have been discriminated against in your workplace, you should see an Essex County employment attorney as soon as possible to understand your rights and the next steps to take. The following are some signs of discrimination at work that tell you it may be time to take action:

Promotion Denial

Sometimes, biased managers and executives don’t consider some employees for promotion because of traits such as race or gender. Proving this discrimination can be challenging; however, a bit of research may disclose clean, undeniable evidence. This can happen when you work with a reliable attorney. 

Unequal Pay

Some employers discourage or forbid their employees from discussing their salaries with colleagues. However, doing so is not illegal. By discussing your salary with coworkers, you can identify whether pay discrimination is taking place. If a coworker has the same role and same experience with you get higher pay than you do, this could mean you may be discriminated against. This is quite possible if that coworker differs from you in terms of age, gender, or race.

Unpleasant Interactions

You may be in a discriminatory work environment if you notice unpleasant interactions with your coworkers or superiors. If anyone in the workplace speaks to you in a harsh or demeaning tone, or when offensive jokes and comments are made around you, this could be evidence of discrimination. 

Odd Interview Questions

The interview process can reveal a company’s discrimination issues.  Discriminatory behavior during an interview may include inappropriate comments, assumptions, or questions based on your sex, gender identity, race, age, and other factors. 

If you think you are being discriminated against at work, call an employment attorney immediately. An attorney can explain your rights, evaluate your situation, and help you decide how to proceed while you navigate the complaint process of your company. If you decide to take action against your employer, make sure you document all incidents of discrimination. Record what took place, when it took place, who was involved, and who witnessed it. Moreover, to make sure you don’t leave yourself without a paycheck if you have to quit or be unfairly terminated at work because of discrimination, look for ways to make extra cash. This can help minimize your dependence on one source of income.