Legal dating in the workplace
What is workplace discrimination, and what constitutes discrimination against employees or job applicants?
Employment discrimination happens when an employee or job applicant is treated unfavorably because of his or her race, skin color, national origin, gender, disability, religion, or age.
It is illegal to discriminate in It is illegal to discriminate based on race, religion, gender, or national original when hiring or in the workplace.
Age Discrimination Age discrimination is a practice specifically protected by law.With a few rare exceptions, companies are forbidden from specifying an age preference in job advertisements.Employees must receive the same benefits regardless of age, the only exception being when the cost of providing supplemented benefits to young workers is the same as providing reduced benefits to older workers.Also, age discrimination in apprenticeship programs or internship opportunities is illegal.Religious Discrimination It is illegal for employers to discriminate based on an individual's religious customs.Businesses are required to reasonably accommodate an employee's religious beliefs, as long as doing so doesn't have excessive negative consequences for the employer.Gender Discrimination When paying a salary to men and women of the same qualifications, responsibility, skill level, and position, employers are forbidden to discriminate on the basis of gender.Also, businesses are forbidden from lowering one gender's salary in order to equalize pay between men and women.Pregnancy-Based Discrimination Additionally, pregnancy-based discrimination is illegal.Employers are required to handle pregnancy in the same way that they would handle a temporary illness or other non-permanent condition that would necessitate special consideration.Job seekers have the same rights as employees, and both are protected by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) passed in 1978.