What Does the EEOC Consider Discrimination?

If you are a federal employee dealing with discrimination in the workplace, you might turn to the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for help taking action. The EEOC uses its resources to protect federal employees from workplace discrimination, and to hold the appropriate parties responsible for their actions. Every worker has a right to a safe, fair work environment, and if you are facing any type of unfairness, mistreatment, or unlawful behavior in regards to your gender, nationality, or any other characteristic, you may have a discrimination case.

The EEOC handles all forms of discrimination, whether it is based on an individual’s national origin, age, sex, race, religion, or disability. But, whatever the reason for the discrimination, the actual acts may vary.

Common types of discriminatory actions that could take place in the workplace include, but are not limited to:

  • Offensive or derogatory remarks about a person’s nationality, accent, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, gender, etc.

  • English fluency or age requirements that are not actually required for the job

  • Wrongful termination

  • Requests for sexual favors

  • Unwelcome sexual advances, especially by a superior

  • Physical or verbal harassment, especially of a sexual nature

  • Showing someone racially-offensive or sexually-offensive symbols or images

  • A hostile work environment, caused by slurs, violence, offensive conduct, or other offensive behavior

Discrimination & Retaliation

If you are being unfairly treated in the workplace, but none of the above applies to you, you might be facing discrimination based on retaliation. All too frequently, supervisors or employers will retaliate when a worker speaks up against some type of hazard or unfairness at work. For example, if you noticed a faulty safety feature on a machine at work, and pointed this out to a supervisor, OSHA, or any other party, you might be discriminated against for your actions. Likewise, whistleblowers, workers to point out company unlawfulness or misconduct, often face severe backlash in the workplace.

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