In a recent survey, more than one in four adult workers (27 percent) in the U.S. claimed that they have experienced some form of employment discrimination.
According to the survey results, 42 percent of African Americans have experienced race discrimination, 10 percent of women have experienced sex (gender) discrimination, and 15 percent of workers age 45 and older have experienced age discrimination.
13 percent of workers age 18 to 24 indicated that they too have experienced age discrimination; however, under Federal law, only workers of age 40 and older are protected from age discrimination in employment.
The survey further indicated that race discrimination in employment most often occurred in the South, while age, gender and religious discrimination were the most common types of employment discrimination in the Midwest.
U.S. workers who claimed that they had experienced some type of discrimination in the workplace, categorized the types of discrimination as follows.
- Race – 39 percent
- Age – 34 percent
- Gender – 30 percent
- Religion – 7 percent
- Sexual orientation – 7 percent
- Other – 26 percent
About Employment Discrimination
In the U.S., employment discrimination is prohibited on the basis of age, creed, disability, national origin, race, religion, military duty, genetics or gender, in violation of Federal employment discrimination laws or state equivalents, or other Federal or state laws that include anti-discrimination provisions.
If you reasonably believe that you’ve suffered employment discrimination by your employer or one of its representatives, such as your boss or a coworker, then you or your representative, such as your lawyer,
may file a discrimination charge with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
In fact, except for employer violations of the Equal Pay Act, you or your representative must file a charge with the EEOC, to later file a discrimination lawsuit should the EEOC not do so on your behalf. Don’t delay for long in consulting a lawyer or filing a charge after the first incident of employment discrimination against you occurs, as a relatively short statute of limitations applies.