Acts that constitute workplace discrimination occur all too frequently throughout the nation. They happen at workplaces of all sizes and types, sometimes including federal employers. The discriminatory action can take many forms including the realm of promotions, pay and benefits, discipline and in disability situations, reasonable accommodation. It can also take place before a worker is even formally an employee, during the hiring phase. Regardless of the point at which the discriminatory activities occur, workers should know the practice is illegal and they may be able to take legal action.
To make a claim of discrimination in the workplace the claimant must be a part of a protected class. While readers may be aware that it is illegal for employers to discriminate against individuals in a workplace setting for things such as gender, race and sexual orientation, there are other reasons that also exist. In fact, recently President Obama announced a plan to reduce the discrimination ex-convicts may experience when seeking to secure a job after servicing their time.
Specifically, in the course of hiring federal employees, employers can no longer include a box on the job application asking whether the applicant has a criminal record. The change could have a great impact on the number of ex-convicts who are able to find work. Research has found that employer interest in an applicant who has a criminal record is reduced approximately 50 percent. The justice department indicates around 60-to-75 percent of ex-convicts are unable to find a job within the first 12 months of being released.
Because the order took effect immediately, individuals who fit into this demographic, and believe they have been discriminated against by a federal employer in the hiring process, can now take legal action against the potential employer. The first step in this process is to consult with a lawyer who handles such matters.