Discrimination can occur in many different ways, whether you are currently working for a company or were recently fired. In fact, discrimination can actually occur before someone starts a job and people experience unlawful discrimination even when they never work for a business. For example, many people are discriminated against during the application process without even realizing that their rights were violated.
Unfortunately, discrimination against applicants is widespread and often goes unnoticed.
Looking at rights violations while applying for a job
There are many different ways in which unlawful discrimination occurs while one is seeking a job. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, it is against the law for companies to discriminate against workers during the hiring process. For example, an employer cannot prevent someone from a particular racial background from having the ability to apply for a position. Moreover, it is unlawful for employers to make a hiring decision as a result of an applicant’s race, sex or religious beliefs. Sometimes, employers give unfair tests to people from particular backgrounds and in some instances these tests constitute violations of employment law.
Looking at your options in the wake of discrimination
If you have experienced discrimination while trying to secure a certain position, or you suspect that discrimination played a role in your rejection, it is crucial to stand up for your rights. Some people are afraid to speak out because they worry about legal fees or retaliatory actions, but it is imperative to hold companies accountable for discriminatory behavior. Sadly, many applicants are discriminated against and they fail to take action.