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Workplace Discrimination Archives

Is natural hair discrimination affecting your career?

African Americans have long suffered from racial disparities in the workplace -- not the least of which are dress codes and grooming expectations that were designed with non-blacks in mind. California (along with New York) was among the first states to take a stand against racially based hair discrimination, passing laws that specifically forbid it in schools, public buildings and employment actions.

Don't let language discrimination affect your rights

Speaking Spanish in public these days can expose you to some of the nastier elements of racism. Viral videos of Latinos being insulted, harassed and threatened because they were speaking in Spanish have been flooding the internet for awhile now. It probably surprises no one that up to 40% of Latinos have dealt with aggressive verbal attacks over their use of language.

How do you cope with the emotional aspects of discrimination?

When you face racial, gender or some other form of discrimination at work, you may not be in an immediate position to react. As much as you'd like to file a complaint with Human Resources or quit, you fear that you don't have enough evidence to support your complaint or the financial means to just walk out.

How do you approach your boss about racial microaggressions?

Nobody enjoys bringing up the victim of racial discrimination at work, but if you are -- whether it's subtle or overt -- you have a right to address the issue with your employer. You also have the right to expect your employer to take action.

Suit against financial services firm alleges age discrimination

It's hard enough to get ahead in business without a factor beyond our control getting in our way. There are several factors that we choose, such as faith or hairstyle, along with many we do not that may change an employer's view of us. Fortunately, California does not allow managers to make hiring and firing decisions based on these factors. Attorneys can help protect the rights of workers suffering from discrimination.

Riot Games faces (and fights) gender discrimination allegations

Riot Games, the developer of the hugely popular game League of Legends, has been hit with allegations of gender discrimination. The issue hit the gaming and tech industry with a particularly strong punch when workers staged a mass walkout in response to the company's efforts to force at least two litigants into private arbitration.

Pride Month: Marking how far we've come and how far we have to go

Welcome to Pride Month, where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) communities celebrate their unique cultural identities, reflect on their gains, collectively bow their heads in respect for the struggles that have been overcome and discuss the changes that still need to be made.