Even when residents in Minnesota find a job that they really love, they still deal with the natural ups and downs involved with having a career. Some of these events might make them temporarily dislike their jobs or even co-workers or their employers. While it is common to have bad days at work, employees should note that there are certain occurrences in the workplace that should not be tolerated. Specifically, employment discrimination should not be overlooked and it is important to note the signs of it.

Because some employees do not speak out about employment discrimination or they simply do not know how to recognize it, there are some common signs. It is also important to note that forms of discrimination can occur in different ways and manners and are often defined as the unfavorable treatment of an employee due to his or her race, gender, disability, religion or age.

Common ways that an employee may experience discrimination in the workplace are exclusion from training or a promotion, the denial of compensation or benefits, the existence of a hostile work environment when he or she seeks leave due to a disability, maternity or retirement, denial of usage of the company facilities or wrongful termination.

These types of discrimination can occur in any aspect of one’s employment. Whether it is due to direct or indirect discriminatory treatment in the workplace, employees should realize that it is illegal for employers to carry out such acts. Employees should be aware of their rights and their options regarding a cause of action for discrimination. This could help them recover compensation for the damages they have endured as a result of employment discrimination, such as lost wages.

Source: FindLaw.com, “Discriminatory Practices,” accessed Aug. 14, 2014