Discrimination is a common but serious problem in the workplace. Aside from causing depression to its victims, it also creates a hostile working environment for employees, resulting to emotional distress. Because of this, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or EEOC has been established to prevent any kind of discrimination at work.

Since the 1960's, the EEOC served as the defender of employees who experience discrimination in their companies. The following are some of the discriminatory practices that are prohibited by the EEOC:

  • Racial discrimination – A common idea that results to discrimination is that white people work better than black employees. As a result, employees with dark skin are given less salary than their white-skinned colleagues.
  • Discrimination based on national origin – Everyone in the company should remember that individuals do not represent the country where they come from. For instance, if an employee came from the Middle East it does not mean that he is already a terrorist.
  • Religion discrimination – Employees and employers should learn to respect other people's beliefs.
  • Sexual discrimination – When a tangible employment action such as hiring, promotion or termination was taken against an employee just because of his gender, it is sexual discrimination.
  • Age discrimination – Nowadays, senior employees are less regarded than younger ones. If an employee reaches 40 years old and above, he would be covered by the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA).

Aside from discrimination, the EEOC is also given the power to investigate sexual harassment cases. If you are an employee who is experiencing discrimination at work, you can ask help from the EEOC. First, you will need an Los Angeles employment attorney to analyze your case. Then, submit a complaint to the EEOC that contains a detailed discussion of the situation you are currently experiencing.

After several days or weeks, the EEOC would conduct its own investigation in your company. It will schedule a hearing if it discovers enough evidence against the liable party. Once the defendant is found guilty of the charges, he would be required to pay for your damages and expenses such as:

  • Back pay
  • Emotional distress
  • Lost wages
  • Attorney's fees

Employment discrimination may be a serious issue, but it does not mean you cannot do anything to stop it. Good thing the EEOC is there to protect employees like you who are discriminated against in the workplace. For more information regarding anti-discrimination employment laws and agencies, just contact a discrimination lawyer in Los Angeles.